Laura Foody

Laura Foody, International Business

Loreto, Donegal

Why you chose to study in DCU?

When I began to look at universities during secondary school DCU always stood out to me. Although at that stage I didn’t know what I wanted to study after school, I knew I wanted to Become a DCU student. 

The DCU business school is renowned for its highly knowledgeable lecturers, Who go on to teach and train highly skilled graduates. Graduates of the DCU business school enter an incredibly competitive jobs market with life skills and work experience that many companies are seeking. DCU students stand out from the crowd because of the opportunities they are given throughout the course of their university lives.

Upon visiting DCU open day when I was in 6th year, I got to see what the university had to offer, aside of the academics. I got an insight into life as a DCU student through clubs and societies - there were so many different groups to choose from, I was sure that I’d find a society with people who had similar interests to myself. The university is so inclusive and allows all students to express themselves and explore the talents they have, aside from their studies.

One unique part about your course that you like

I am studying business studies international with Spanish (INTB). My course is a 4 year bachelors degree, and a major pull factor for me was the opportunity to study abroad in the 3rd year of my course. DCU has many partner universities across the world, and next Year, as part of the Erasmus programme, I will spend the academic year in Spain. As someone who loves languages, this opportunity is amazing, as I will be immersed in the Spanish language for a year. The fact that I will have the chance to come proficient in the Spanish language is invaluable and I can’t wait to travel abroad next year. We have been well prepared for 3rd year, with a focus being put on our Spanish language and culture modules in first and second year, as well as the business modules. There is no better way to learn a language than to go to the country where it’s from and talk the talk.

Best thing about DCU experience so far

Without a shadow of a doubt, my favorite thing about my DCU experience so far would have to be DCU Glee. I reluctantly auditioned for the society in October of 2018 and instantly felt at home in DCU. Joining a society and meeting like-minded people really helped me settle into college. I always had an interest in singing and performing, and DCU Glee instilled confidence in me that I never had previously. I made so many new friends and got to do what I loved every week in rehearsals. Throughout the year we performed at different events in the university, and even in Whelan’s as part of Mental Health Societies “cracking up” event. In March 2019, we put on a show to a sold-out audience in the Helix - an opportunity I never would’ve had if it wasn’t thanks to clubs and societies. This year I’m the PRO of the DCU Glee Society, and I can’t wait to see what’s in-store over the coming months.

Advice you would give to your younger self thinking of what to do/ where to go 

I would advise my younger self to stop worrying about what others think and be my own person. In a world where we’re constantly comparing ourselves to others, it’s hard to enjoy being you - but university has taught me that you will always find people who accept you for who you are, and that you shouldn’t have to change in order to fit-in. Also, just to make sure to study something you have a genuine interest in - studying business and Spanish is so enjoyable to me because I am actually interested in learning about the topics.

Plans after DCU 

I’d be lying if I told you I had it all figured out - but thankfully my course is very diverse and will allow me to take a variety of different pathways with my degree. I’m not sure as of yet what I will specialize in for final year, but I know for certain that I want to continue learning and speaking the Spanish language. My dream job would be one that allows me to use both my knowledge of business and my love of languages.