TY2015: A busy week at B.E.E.S!

Sarah Crowley, Coláiste Na Toirbhirte

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When I applied for the B.E.E.S. T.Y. programme I had no idea what to expect. When I finally walked through the door of the Cooperage Building, I began to feel a little bit excited about what was to come. As I, like all the others, was greeted by the programme co-ordinator Dr Emily Goldstein, and was handed a little folder which included a timetable for the week, I had no idea just how busy my week was going to be!

I left that talk thinking there was a lot more to plants than the more boring stuff we are told about in school!

The week in U.C.C. really gave me an insight into what life as a college student is like. We were given a tour of the place at the start of the week to show us where we would be attending lectures, but after that we had to try and find our own way round. At first I thought I’d never be able to find the classrooms but I was surprised at how quickly I got used to the different buildings. We attended many different lectures during the week from all aspects of the School of B.E.E.S., one particular topic which I thought I would have no interest in – Plant Science- turned out to be one of the more interesting lectures we had. We were spoken to about GM foods, an area which is incredibly controversial-but fascinating, and shown a method for creating these crops. I left that talk thinking there was a lot more to plants than the more boring stuff we are told about in school!

One of my favourite parts of the week was the tour of the main campus. I never knew there was so many funny superstitions and rumours attached to U.C.C… It was definitely one of the most entertaining afternoons! As well as that the week, although mainly based academic based, was also a great social opportunity for everyone, as many new friendships were made and laughs laughed.

Overall I really enjoyed my week in U.C.C. and would definitely recommend anyone to apply for it and give it a go!!

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