'I didn't get the H4 maths grade I needed, but a second-chance exam led to an offer in Round 2'
Moya Clarke, TU Dublin
When Moya Clarke didn't achieve the minimum maths grade, a H4, for her top CAO choice of General Entry Engineering in TU Dublin - then DIT - she had a plan B.
It was 2017, the year of changes to the Leaving Cert grading system and CAO points scale, including a higher maths requirement for many honours degree engineering programmes.
Moya (21) of Newbridge, Co Kildare, received another Level 8 offer but she "spotted an ad for a second-chance maths exam in another college, and I checked if DIT offered one".
It did, she sat it and an offer for her course of choice arrived in Round 2.
It was her applied maths and physics teacher at the Holy Family School, Newbridge, who steered Moya towards engineering, and having spent a number of years "not having a clue what to do, by the time sixth year came around, I decided to go for it".
Now entering third year, she says, "It's going great, I genuinely love what I am doing."
First years get to explore different areas before specialisation and Moya, who took the electrical engineering route, is now narrowing her focus further to communications and control engineering.
Moya is very involved with college life, participating in the Building ESTeEM programme, which promotes careers in STEM to second-level female students.
Engagement with ESTeEM has spurred her own ambitions and, incentivised by her involvement, she pursued, and landed, an ESB internship this summer.
Moya is also the driving force behind TU Dublin's very first Access Student Society.