By Aoife Martyn
There’s a lot of choice within the Applied Languages course but after careful consideration at the start of first year, I now find myself studying French, Irish and Politics along with Linguistics and two French Literature modules. Although, if time was no object, I’d probably choose to do everything.
Possibly the best thing about the course, and certainly the most interesting aspect to outsiders, is the year we spend abroad. If you’re researching courses anywhere in the domain of Arts and languages, you’ll probably have heard all about Erasmus, which is a study-abroad that we do for the first semester of third year. Co-op though, was one of the main things that attracted me to UL even before I had Applied Languages on my radar. A degree is one thing but work experience along with it? Yes please! And we get to do ours abroad, so I’m moving to Spain after Christmas. How crazy is that?
UL is really a fantastic college. When some of my friends mentioned to me as they were making their own CAO choices last summer that they were thinking about UL, I think I went a little overboard with my recommendations. The beauty of the campus speaks for itself, the lecturers and staff are very helpful and the social life is great, aided by the very active clubs and societies scene.
So how did I make my decision to study Applied Languages? I’d love to say I was one of those people who always knew what they wanted to do after the leaving cert but I’m afraid that wouldn’t be true. During the small slots of free time during sixth year when my mind wandered to the future, I realised I had no idea what kind of job I wanted but I knew that I loved languages. I considered probably every course on the entire CAO at some stage and almost ended up going to a college closer to home, but in the end I chose to come to UL to do a course that I knew I’d enjoy and let the rest take care of itself. So far it has.
More from me later – Aoife
Hey everyone! My name is Aoife Martyn, I’m nineteen and I’m an Applied Languages student from Mayo. I’m in second year and, a year and a half into the course, it’s safe to say I’m loving it!