Gary Quinn

Gary Quinn, PE with Maths

Newbridge College, Kildare

Why you chose to study in DCU?

I have always wanted to be a PE and Maths teacher and DCU offered that opportunity. I attended the Open Day and the friendly atmosphere around the DCU campus really stood out. I spoke with staff members and past students of the course. They proved me with their time, to explain all about the course in more depth from experience of lecturing and attending lectures. These insights left me with one option, to place DCU at the top of my CAO list.

One unique part about your course that you like

I am studying the PEM course and one of the unique parts of this course, is the small class sizes. This gives students the opportunity to get to know fellow students and build strong friendships. During practicals, you get the chance to teach your fellow peers and throughout the academic year, you get the chance to grow as a teacher by teaching students from local schools. 

Best thing about DCU experience so far
DCU provides more than just a degree. It allows friendships to be made, students to step out our their comfort zones and try new things through clubs and societies. Apart from having a close-knit class, I joined the yoga society, which was stepping out of my comfort zone. Yoga has now become a part of my weekly routine. 
4) Advice you would give to your younger self thinking of what to do/ where to go (if any!)
Advice you would give to your younger self thinking of what to do/ where to go 

My main advice would be to attend as many Open Day's as possible, even if that means returning to DCU campus twice. This helps you become familiar with the campus and courses on offer. This allows you the opportunity to ask additional questions that you may have thought of, only after your first visit. Don't be afraid to reach out and ask current or graduate students of the courses you're wishing to do. Reading the brochures and online are great but obtaining first-hand experience is even better.

Plans after DCU