TY2015: An unforgettable week

Caitlin Frawley-Gaelcoláiste Luimnigh

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When I first applied for the UCC BEES Transition Year programme, I had little comprehension of the extent to which I would enjoy the week. I had anticipated a week filled with zoology and that was enough to encourage me to spontaneously sign up. It wasn’t until I was on the journey down from Limerick that I realised I knew nothing about the course. This was unsettling and I would advise anyone who is considering attending the course to research the course before applying. Luckily for me, it was an amazing week, brimming with experience and memories that I’ll never forget.

I soon realised that the programme not exclusively focused on zoology, but a vast range of different courses including geology, ecology, micro-biology, plant science, science communication, earth science and international science. We sat an average three lectures each day based on the various courses. As I expected, I adored the zoology lecture, but through the course of the week I realised I also really liked the other course options, especially plant science, micro-biology and ecology.

The gifted lecturers from UCC made each lecture exciting and extremely interesting. I began to develop passions for subjects I had disregarded completely beforehand.

The lectures ranged from one to two hours, with intermissions for practical work and lunch breaks. To be honest, when I first realised how long the lectures were going to be, I was expecting a week filled with leg cramps, lack of oxygen and sheer fatigue. However, that was not the case. The gifted lecturers from UCC made each lecture exciting and extremely interesting. I began to develop passions for subjects I had disregarded completely beforehand.

Specifically, I enjoyed Professor Jones’ lecture on Plant Science immensely. His obvious passion and appreciation of the subject lifted the lecture room in a way I had not seen previous. The atmosphere was truly incredible. It is definitely a lesson I will remember forever. I’m still undecided on whether I’d like to study at the School of BEES here in UCC in the future, but it is definitely an option I am considering.

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