TY2015: To “Bee” or not to “Bee”!

Aoibheann Clehane, Christ King Girls’ Secondary School

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As my time in UCC comes to a close, I have been given the chance to reflect on my experience in BEES. Thinking back, it was highly enjoyable and very intriguing. I learned many a new thing.

I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the course. I was thrilled to find out that I would be spending my second week of work experience in one of Ireland’s first rate universities. I had been debating on what course I should go for after my Leaving Cert and hoped that this week would help me make a decision.

The morning of the 2nd of February dawned and I couldn’t help but feel extremely nervous. I didn’t know who would be attending the course with me and I was afraid I would be thrown in with a group of people whose IQ was greater than mine. However I had nothing to worry about and I soon found that the group was quite nice and I got along fine with them.

I was intrigued to find out more about how clever plants were and I gained a greater respect for them. It made me realise how much we survive on these little green friends.

The highlight of the week for me would be the plant science lectures with Professor Peter Jones. I had always been interested in biology but never really got into the plant side of it. However, the lecture quickly changed my mind. I was intrigued to find out more about how clever plants were and I gained a greater respect for them. It made me realise how much we survive on these little green friends. I was amazed how we were now able to genetically modify plants in a way that we were now able to produce frost-resistant potatoes! I loved the fact that Professor Jones obviously had a great love for plants and his enthusiasm shone through throughout the lecture.

As the week went on, I found myself being extremely happy that I got into the course. Granted, I didn’t like every lecture and often a time I found my eyes closing. However, I found this reaction to have a positive effect. I was crossing off courses in my mind and I was able to seriously think about what I wanted to do with my life. Before I had entered the course, I was stressing about which course to go for in UCC. However, after the many lectures, I was able to bring that number down to single digits. I can’t say that I’ve made a definite decision but the BEES course definitely did help me a lot.

Overall, I had a wonderful experience in UCC. The lecturers were superb and were definitely top rate material. I was overjoyed with the facilities that the campus had and I’m seriously looking forward to attending UCC in 2017!

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