'If I had received either of my favoured choices, I probably would have cried myself to sleep'
Cormac Lee, University of Limerick
Cormac Lee didn't get his first preference on the CAO, but he got his second and believes it was the best outcome.
The former pupil of Gort Community School, Co Galway, had aimed for Product Design at the University of Limerick, with Creative Media and Interaction Design, also UL, as his second choice.
"I was fairly fixed on Product Design. I like design and my childhood dream was to be an architect," says Cormac, from Tubber, Co Galway. So passionate was he about it that he also applied for Product Design Engineering in Queen's University Belfast.
"You could say I got my third choice," he says, but, looking back, he says if he had started on either of those courses, "I probably would have cried myself to sleep".
It was his guidance teacher who steered him to Creative Media and Interaction Design, geared towards those with an interest in the digital audio and video art industry.
It is a general entry route that, at the end of first year, acts as a gateway to a BSc in Music Media and Performance Technology or a BSc in Digital Media Design.
Cormac recalls first year when "half the modules were around design and half were around audio" and while he was seriously tempted to take the music option - "a huge hobby for me" - he decided against it, preferring to keep music as something to come back to for relaxation.
Meanwhile with Digital Media Design he is enjoying learning about how humans interact with computers.
Cormac, who is about to start third year, is currently on an eight-month work placement with the UL's own student careers division, known as Co-Op, and will continue there until the end of the year. He is currently working on several projects, including a new careers fair website. "I am getting lots of opportunities to use my skills," he says.
In January, instead of going straight back to the lecture halls in UL, he is heading off on Erasmus+, planning to spend six months at Vrije University Amsterdam.
"I'm making the most of my four years," he says. He certainly is.