I came to bees on my work experience for fourth year and I thought Iâ€™d be photocopying things and helping in the offices. But when I got here, I was given a schedule and was told we would be taking part in the many courses that bees have to offer.
by Kate Buckley, ColÃ¡iste Mhuire.
We were put into lectures and practicals and taken on a tour of the whole UCC campus and the library. All the lectures were really interesting and I learned a lot, I also met new people from all different schools around Cork because I came here not knowing anyone.
On the first day we got a talk about all the different things they do here, and all the different courses they offer.
My favourite lecture was on the second day, it was a lecture on plant science. I didnâ€™t think learning about plants would be that interesting. I liked how we were shown different plants and then shown how they can genetically modify plants.
we get to actually take part in something instead of just sitting there and listening
We got a talk on careers and what jobs you can get out of doing a degree at BEES. I thought that really helped because I was unsure of what jobs I could have gotten if I did a degree here. We also got a tour of the whole UCC campus and library, the library was amazingly big. I liked getting a tour of the campus and hearing about the history of UCC.
I came to bees not knowing what I was going to be doing, and I was surprised to know that they had a whole week of lectures and doing practicalâ€™s and doing experiments and using different equipment and getting a tour of the place planned for us. I learned a lot about the CK404 course that they have here, and I am very interested in it.
I liked how all the lecturers were so friendly and welcoming to a group of transition year students and how they would give up their time to talk to us about BEES and about work they all do here.