TY2015: My Experience with BEES

Boole Library

Rachel Harmon

When I first came to BEES I came with the intention of becoming a zoologist but as the week progressed I gained interest in other professions such as marine biology and geology. The course gave me an insight into other courses and I learned more about the opportunities I would have by applying for BEES  in college.

I enjoyed different aspects of the course, one thing I practically enjoyed was the mammal ID practical. I found it fun making different slides using different types of hair such as human hair and bat hair. We made the slides and got to look at them through the microscopes. It was strange looking at all the different patterns that different types of animals had on the strands of hair.

I enjoyed the campus and the library tours and was surprised by the huge library there and the history behind the campus.

I also enjoyed learning about different careers and hearing from the different professions about how the approached the course they took and how they decided the right course for themselves. I enjoyed talking to the students and being able to ask the questions and hearing about the subjects they chose and why they chose the course they picked.

I enjoyed the campus and the library tours and was surprised by the huge library there and the history behind the campus. My favourite part of the campus tour was going to the observatory I also enjoyed seeing the special collection of books they had at the library. In geology we got to look at the different fossils they had at UCC.

One of my favourite lectures was the international science and the plant science. In international science I got to hear about the works of a marine biologist and about the different organisations I can sign up too to volunteer aboard if I choose to take a gap year before entering college and the experience different people had abroad. I enjoyed plant science because I learned more about plants and about how they can communicate with each other and the different things plants can do that animals can’t.

I really enjoyed the course and got to hear more about the different choices I have and the different courses I can take after doing my leaving cert. I learned more about different professions that I would not have had interest in before entering the course

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