Non-selective state 11-18 school
yes (9 A,1 B)
Leaving Cert Higher level Maths, English, Irish, French, Physics, Biology, Art, Applied Maths – 7A’s B in Irish
University College Dublin (if I get the points), Dublin Institute of Technology and then either Queens Belfast or Civil Engineering in UCC
Decisions about the application
Just in case I’d regret it later
Never looked at Oxford, just fell in love with Cambridge. Also Oxford doesn’t offer Architecture
In town but fairly hidden from tourists (I walked past when looking for it!) and oh so pretty to boot
Help with personal statement, portfolio and some practise interviews
Be individual, stick out from the crowd and make sure you say what you think is most important
Work hard on your portfolio and take an interest in all aspects of design – know what you like.
First was quite informal with college admissions second was more tense with two tutors where they looked at my portfolio
They asked a lot about the Leaving Cert course but generally responded to what I said both there and then and on my application
Skirt, jumper and big high boots – for the power!
Really beautiful, really friendly and quite relaxed – a little oasis!
Friendly and open
Lovely, great to chat to before interviews and a really ecclectic bunch
On New Years Eve, in bed, opened it, saw the word unfortunately and was fairly gutted. I burned it later.
Maybe – the experience was class but the disappointment was tough too – probably yes
Be different, be confident and have a reason to be confident – work hard