My Story: How to make your decisions count
When filling out his CAO, Conall O'Hainifein from Ruan, Co Clare, played to his strengths in maths and chose mathematical sciences in UCC as his first choice.
Now in his first year, Conall (19) says he loves working out difficult problems. His talent was recognised with a Quercus scholarship, awarded by the college to reward extraordinary academic achievement among new entrants.
"It's a challenging course, but you'll get on well if you put in the work. That's what I like best about it - you're constantly challenging yourself and finding out how much you're able for," he said.
As well as maths, he has also been taking classes in coding, something he didn't expect to be doing and regularly shares classes with students from courses including physics, science and arts. A past pupil of Gaelcholáiste an Chláir, Ennis, Conall said he was "really attracted to Cork as a place to live" and loves it. "I've made loads of new friends, it's great craic down here. It's a very nice campus and it's quite close to the city as well."
Conall has always had an interest in sport, and was delighted to join the Gaelic Football team at UCC last semester.
"I'm playing with the Freshers footballers at the moment, so I've been tipping away at that, and I'm hugely into football. UCC is great for sports, and that's part of the reason I came as well.
"I'm busy enough with my classes, but it's good to have something to take your mind off the course and have a bit of a balance to everything."