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Date of Review Oct 16, 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 3rd
Student Type Traditional
From Galway Ireland
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Why did you choose your course?

I wanted to do it since I was a child. Good career prospects.

Are you happy with your choice of course?

Yes

On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

Wrong. I was only 17 going to college. I moved across the country where i knew nobody and the only prospects for making friends seemed to be on nights out in clubs and bars, which i couldn't attend as i was still underage. I should have either waited until the next year until I was 18 to go to college or gone to college in Galway.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week? (labs,tutorials,lectures,etc)

10hrs

Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?

On

If off campus, does this affect you and how?

No. The only time I have off the campus hours is for exams. It only effects me as I have to figure out where I am going in already a stressful time.

Is your course weighted more on

End of year exams

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?

Yes

If you studied abroad, is there any advice you would give someone looking to study abroad?

N/A

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

The interesting modules. In law there are some very interesting subjects such as criminology and tort law however I foung the boring subjects such as legislation and regulation do bog you down alot, and it is very hard to keep yourself motivated enough to go to the lectures that are boring and lifeless.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

The people in the course. The course has a very 'clicky' atmosphere. If you havnt made friends within the first semester in 1st year it is very difficult to get a look in later on in the course.

Was your course what you expected?

Yes

What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

The exam criteria and broad cirriculum. The course is fully based on end of year exams. I think having both christmas and end of year exams would be motivation enough to keep working throughout the year not just swatting at the end of the year. Also there are more subjects than i thought. It would be nicer to have gone deeper into many subjects instaed of having the broad variety, eg detailed look into criminal law and criminology rather than having them as seperate moduals in different years with only a little look at the subjects instead of in detail.

Why?

The staff are very helpful and efficient. Althhough some books are hard to borrow during exam times if there arnt enough on the shelves but the staff do try to make everything available and rotate them fairly.

Is there a good social life on your course?

No

Please describe

As I have described above the course is very 'clicky'. If you havnt made it into a click after the 1st semester it is very hard to make friends afterwards. I came into first year at the age of 17, and at this time it seemed the only place to make friends was on nights out drinking and going to bars and clubs. Now being underage I couldnt attend these nights out so it was near impossible for me to make friends. So after moving up to Dublin from Galway there were no group activities etc to facilitate making friends. I dont like the social life in the course and on this basis would definately change to galway if i had the oppertunity.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Easy

Please rate your course in terms of workload

Less than other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?

No

If yes, please name the societies

N/A

Why do you enjoy being a member of this society? why should a prospective student think of joining this society?

N/A

Are you a member of any sports clubs?

Yes

Please choose your sport(s) club

Gym

Are your training facilities easily accessible?

Yes

Are your training facilities at a good standard?

Yes

If no, please give reason.

The facilities are to a high standard, however during the busy times after work it is very difficult to get onto many machines and you could be waiting up to 15 minutes for a tredmil etc. This is very frustrating and interfers with enjoyment of exercising. However going out of rush hour times means this isnt a problem.`

Do you feel that you are playing at a standard that matches your ability?

Yes

What would be helpful to know before joining your sports club?

Have a goal and maintain your focus to reach that goal. Exercise really does improve your motivation and energy levels.

Would you recommend getting involved in college sport?

Yes

Why?

It keeps you active, motivated and your energy levels up.

How much do you spend on living every week (going out, food, transport etc.), excluding rent and bills?

€40-60

Do you or have you lived away from home during college?

Yes

How much does your rent cost per month?

€450-550

As a first year did you live in college halls?

No

Would you recommend living in college halls?

Yes. It helps you to make friends and that motivates you to go to college and not be lonely.

If yes, where and why?

Areas outside town for reasons ouutlined above, but also any areas known for drug or violence abuse.

How would you recommend this college to a friend?

It is a very good college for academic reasons. The library facilities are to a high standard and the lecturers are all brilliant. However the social life is terrible if you don't take he oppertunity to make friends at the right time. Make friends in the 1st semester or it is very hard to make friends later.

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