College Life

Why I picked DCU for my undergrad

Amy Donohoe looks at her time studying journalism at DCU so far, commuting and what DCU has to offer and why she has never looked back on picking the student-friendly university.

Throughout my time in secondary school, I was always certain that I wanted to study journalism at DCU due to its academic excellence and the employability rate of their graduates, and with having two years of my degree completed I discovered that there are many other reasons as to why I love the university.

I was nervous when I was starting university, but the student union is what really gave me a sense of belonging as they were very welcoming. They can be found in the newly extended Hub Student Centre which is at the centre of the Glasnevin campus. The SU host many events throughout the year and they work together to provide many opportunities to have fun outside of lectures and to make friends.

Considering I’m from a small town in Cavan, I find it very easy to commute to Dublin. The buses run frequently whether it be Bus Eireann or a private bus company. And with companies offering ten journey tickets and student discounts, it does make Dublin an easily accessible destination to get to.

My lectures are on the Glasnevin campus which I would consider a small comforting community. I feel as if I belong while still attending one of the best universities in the country. So far my time in DCU has been great fun, it has been full of extracurricular activities and life-enhancing experiences. With over 100 Clubs and Societies, there’s a great buzz around our campus. I’m a member of the Journalism Society, the Media Production Society, and HerCampus as they relate to my course, but there are other societies such as the Hiking, Snowsports, History, LGBTA, Tea, Drama and Harry Potter Society.

Being involved with club and society activity gives you a break from your academic studies and you’ll develop skills in them which may enhance your CV and give you that extra edge in your future career. It will improve your social life and help you make lifelong friends as well as creating memories.

DCU also provide a highly supportive environment for our students in all areas of learning and personal development. There is always someone there to assist you no matter what your concerns or problems might be, whether you have trouble learning or need help looking after your physical or mental health. It makes every student realise their ambitions.

Although I’m not motivated by it, the nightlife in Dublin is something I can’t forget to mention. With apps like Vipsy and Guestlist and with DCU society cards you can get free entry into the nightclub. Places like Captain America’s offer buy one get one free on the main course and they have a student’s drink menu.

The approach this university takes to my course is another reason why I chose DCU.

DCU offers exciting life and learning opportunities which were what attracted me to study there. The facilities available on campus are second to none and you’re always surrounded by friendly people. I’m completely enticed by the numerous clubs, specialised courses, and an endless amount of resources.