Padraig Smith

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Having worked in the Homeless and Addiction field for 14 years, I wanted to bring the theory to the practice, and I felt this course would do this as the modules involved covered what I am doing day-to-day in work practice.

What was your journey to DCU like, is there anything you think makes your journey unique?: I think that going back to education as a mature student had a level of apprehension in relation to my own level of education, but there was also a level of excitement to be attending DCU.

What were your preconceptions before joining DCU, if any?: I can’t say I had any real preconceptions about DCU, I knew that my course had been running for many years & many of my peers who completed CHPI had enjoyed it.

What surprised you most after coming to DCU?: The whole structure of the course and the level of experience of the tutors and lecturers, as well as DCU as a whole.

​​​​What is one piece of advice would you give to an incoming student?: Embrace the course and the experience of the tutors and guest lecturers. Also, enjoy the whole experience of being a student again.

What is one piece of advice you give to yourself starting your DCU journey again?: Stay ahead with my college work and assignments.

​​​​​​What is your favourite memory of /thing about DCU so far?: Just attending DCU and being on campus was a good memory for myself.

What do you hope your future after completing this degree will be like?: As a mature student, completing this course will help my overall future work practice and help me better assist the marginalised people I work with.

Anything else you would like to say on your testimonial?: I think that I enjoyed the overall experience of DCU, from the lectures to the campus life, amd just being a student again was a pleasure.

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