By: Tara Horgan who starts the MSc Information Systems Risk Management this September.
What did I like best about being an undergrad at UCC?
Imagine it’s a hot summer’s day, you’re sweating, in an uncomfortable suit, looking out the window longingly at the people passing by the office window with an ice cream in their hands. Drip. Drip. Drip. You look back at your computer screen at the excel spreadsheets sprawled across the pixelated piece of technology in front you, when all you want to do is reach out and catch, even an individual drop of, melted, ice cream on your tongue so as not to let it go to waste. You look around the office and see what your future holds. So many people that have been sucked into the corporate lifestyle of glitz, glam and suits on false promises that all your dreams will come true. But how can they guarantee that? There are no guarantees in life.
Being an undergraduate student in UCC gave me the freedom to do what I want, when I want and how I want. I had the choice of what way in life I wanted to go and the help surrounding me at times was overwhelming. It wasn’t a question of “do I have someone to ask for help?”, it was a question of “who will I ask for help first?”. Whether it was my mom, a lecturer, a tutor, a friend or another student from my class, there was always someone to turn to when a problem arose. UCC enabled me to go into the world after university with choices, not a single, determined, path.
I chose a path after my undergraduate degree that may be the right one for me later in life, but not right now. It wasn’t the right choice at the right time. UCC was willing to take me back and embrace me upon my return. UCC is a land of endless opportunities. All you have to do is jump. If it doesn’t work out, someone will catch you.
Everyone in life needs a leg up every once in a while. Whether UCC was where you chose to study your undergraduate degree or not, UCC will help you get to where you want to get to next. Who knows where I’ll end up after my Masters, I may, or may not, go on to do a Doctorate, if UCC will have me, but right now I’m not in the least bit worried about it!