by Laura O’Sullivan, Loretto Secondary School, Fermoy.
When we first arrived we were given an introduction into what we would be doing for the week from John Oâ€™Halloran.Â We were all quite nervous and, consequently, not saying much.Â However, during the course of the first hour we were reminded about ten times by Prof Oâ€™Halloran that this was not school and we were allowed to talk.Â Next we had a lecture on Geology and a Geology practical on fossils with 2nd year students.Â It was really interesting, something I didn’t expect.
The next day was a lot more exciting than the first.Â We had a lecture and practical on Ecology/Zoology from Gavin Burnell.Â I found this really interesting.Â He was really helpful with explaining what the course entailed and what careers were open to you if you achieve a degree in either of the above subjects.
That afternoon, we had a lecture and practical on plant science from Pete Jones and Barbara Doyle.Â I was not really looking forward to this particular part of the week, but I was very pleasantly surprised!Â It was really fun and opened my eyes to that fact that plants arenâ€™t the boring things I once thought they were.
The highlight of the week by far for me was our visit to the Eureka centre.Â It was one of the weirdest and fascinating talks I have ever sat in on.Â Noel Brett was the person talking to us and he made physics interesting!Â His enthusiasm was compelling and you couldnâ€™t help but listen to him.
On Thursday, we had a careers talk, a tour of the library and a tour of the campus.Â I thought the library was fascinating as we got to view a first edition of Darwinâ€™s â€˜Origin of the Speciesâ€™ which was really cool.Â I also learned a lot about the history of the campus that I never knew before.
On our last day we had a really interesting and informative lecture on Media and Science from Eoin Lettice.Â Then we had a lecture and practical on Environmental Science.
So, in conclusion, I had an absolutely great week.Â I would definitely recommend this course to secondary students next year.Â It gave me a great insight into what the course entails and how the college works.
I would also like to thank our coordinator, Grace Cott, who made the week really great!