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My Trinity College Experience

by TCPID Graduate Heather Marshall

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

I am 22 years of age. I live in Greystones with my parents and brother and sister. I am the eldest of the three. I was born in Boston so I am an American citizen as well as an Irish citizen.

I went to a national school in Greystones and I went to NewCourt School in Bray for secondary school. NewCourt School is a school that caters for students with special needs. When I was finished there I went to the National Learning Network in Bray. I studied an Access course for 2 years.

My biggest hobby is horse riding. I also volunteer in the riding school.

Why did you decide to come to Trinity College Dublin to complete the Certificate in Arts, Science, and Inclusive Applied Practice (ASIAP)?

I decided to go to Trinity College Dublin because I wanted to further my education, to get a fresh start and to meet new people.

What did you enjoy most about Trinity College?

Being a student in a world famous college made me very proud of myself.

What did you enjoy most about the ASIAP course?

I loved going to class and walking to class with my friends.

What did you find difficult?

I found the exams and some classes a bit difficult.

What helped you during your time in Trinity College Dublin?

Barbara, Mary-Ann, Emma and my parents at home.

What would your advice be to other students who might be considering applying for the Certificate in Arts, Science, and Inclusive Applied Practice?

Go for it and be yourself! You have to commit to working for the 2 years and you have to be punctual.

What is your most special memory of your time in Trinity College Dublin?

When I met my friends in trinity for the first time.

What will you miss the most about Trinity College Dublin?

I will miss seeing my friends everyday travelling in on the dart, and seeing the lectures.

What are your goals for the future?

My goal for the future is to get a good job.

Tell us about your experience of the COVID 19 crisis?

I found it pretty frustrating being stuck in the pandemic.

Did you find it difficult doing your classes and submitting your assignments online?

I found it a bit difficult at the beginning but once I did it a couple of times I found it easier.

Is there anything that would have made the experience of online classes easier?

No, I found it to be okay.

What new skills have you learnt because of the COVID 19 crisis?

We don't have to be in the same room to communicate. I have learnt to use Zoom HouseParty, Microsoft Teams and Google Hangouts.

What are you most looking forward to doing once the COVID 19 crisis is over?

I am really looking forward to seeing my family and friends but also looking forward to travelling. I am really looking forward to going back into Dublin to see my college.