Friday 24 November 2017

My Story: Don't let age hold you back

Travis Davidson

Travis Davidson did some travelling before going to college
Travis Davidson did some travelling before going to college

On completing his Leaving Cert at Maynooth Post Primary School, Co Kildare, Travis Davidson took some time off to travel, but found himself dreaming of a career as a stockbroker.

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Last year, Travis, who is now 24, decided to apply to Maynooth University as a mature student, and was offered his first choice, a BA in Finance with a minor in Business.

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Travis grew up in Maynooth, but he attended open days at a number of colleges before making his CAO choice.

"I knew the course I wanted to do, but I was trying to keep my options open, so I did a lot of research to see which college would give me the experience that was right for me," he said.

Travis spoke to guidance counsellors and former students to get a sense of what the courses were like at various colleges.

Now halfway through his first year, Travis is confident he made the right choice. "I'm really happy with my course. I worried that it would be too difficult but the lecturers are good, they're very understanding and they give you a full insight into every topic."

He was also pleased to find that mature students are made to feel as much a part of the community as everyone else. "I would definitely encourage anyone else who is thinking of going back to college as a mature student to do it. Don't feel scared. I know a lot of people think the age difference is a massive thing, but it's actually not.

"There are hundreds of clubs and societies here, there's even a trampoline society. It makes you feel so welcome. I never felt alone."


Irish Independent

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