TY2013: “Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming”

Spending a week at the School of BEES was really enjoyable and I am so sad that it is coming to an end, writes Caoimhe Horner, Colaiste Muire, Ennis, Co. Clare.

I have met so many great people from fellow transition year students to lecturers and post grad students. Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming!

One of the most interesting things we did was a tour around the museum at the Cooperage. We got to see loads of old specimens and stuffed animals, my favourite being a two headed kitten preserved in a jar! I am really interested in Zoology so my favourite lecture and practical was the Zoology one which was given to us by Professor Gavin Burnell. We were examining the effect light had on sea urchins and whether they covered themselves with shells and rocks etc. in order to protect themselves from the harmful rays of the sun.

For this practical we each got our own sea urchin in a tank and 7 of us kept the urchins in the light and the other 7 kept them in the dark. We have been checking up on them throughout the week!

It was really cool to be able to see what college life is like at UCC

I also really enjoyed going onto campus, getting a tour around the Boole library, the Quad and the Observatory. It was really cool to be able to see what college life is like at UCC.

Another lecture I enjoyed was the plant science one given to us Prof. Peter Jones. It was really interesting and he made it all the more enjoyable! This week has been very memorable and I’d like to thank everyone I met for making it so special!

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