Why I Changed My Mind

Karen Hutchinson, Law, DCU


I am currently studying Law and Society (BCL) at Dublin City University but my original choice was an arts degree, in a number of colleges including UCD and Maynooth.

I changed my mind because I went to the open days and DCU had a much friendlier atmosphere than anywhere else I had gone to and people were willing to help with any questions. I knew straight away it was where I wanted to go.

I wasn’t torn when making the decision. I looked more into the courses available in DCU and I know I made the right decision.

My stand-out memory from first year was Clubs and Socs Day during the second week. The sports clubs and societies of the college come out in force to recruit new members. There was such a buzz around the place and it really showed what the college was all about.

I don’t even know where to start with what’s so great about DCU: there’s something for everyone, you’re guaranteed a great degree and a lot of great banter along the way.

I came out of my comfort zone and have achieved things I never dreamed possible before.

I am looking into perhaps taking up a masters programme in DCU when I finish. It’s definitely worth the extra time to do a masters at the minute. I am hoping to pursue a masters in journalism and perhaps get involved in legal or crime writing so fingers crossed for the aul 2:1.

I made the right decision changing my mind. If you’re not 100 per cent happy with your choices you should take some time to reconsider all your options.

My advice to students now would be: don’t do a course in a college because that’s where your friends are going or because it’s what’s your parents think you should do. At the end of the day it’s your future and you need to do something you’re happy with.

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