“My previous assumptions about Geology were wrong” -TY2012

During my time at BEES I’ve experienced college life and gained lots of information regarding courses

writes Ellen Atkinson,Christ King Secondary School, Cork.

I arrived on Monday morning not knowing what to expect. Luckily all of the other Transition years were very friendly and we all clicked instantly. We met with our work experience supervisor, Grace Cott, who welcomed us and then John O’Halloran who gave us an introductory talk about BEES.

After that we listened to Andy Wheeler give a lecture about Geology and Geosciences. I discovered that my previous assumptions about Geology were wrong and that it’s not actually all about rocks. Every day we did something different and got a taster of every course available at BEES. We visited labs, listened to lecturers, did experiments and met new people each day.

The lecturers were all so enthusiastic and inspiring and it was clear how much they loved what they did.

The lecturers were all so enthusiastic and inspiring and it was clear how much they loved what they did. Professor Peter Jones from plant science had so much energy and charisma and showed us how interesting plants can be. I had never really considered plant science before but now it has been added to my mental list of possible courses.

I think one of my favourite experiences of the week was getting a tour around the main campus and library. UCC is such a beautiful place and it was exciting to see the buzz there and how students spend their days. As a result of my week here, I have found out which courses I have an interest in and which ones I don’t.

I would like to thank Grace who looked after us for the week and everyone from the school of BEES for giving me the opportunity to experience life here.

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