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Comment #1453570 by Elaine

Elaine Aug 6th 2013, 12:27 PM #

I attended the 3 week course 16 years ago when I was 15 (Jesus I just realised how old I am). Anyway I’m from Ballymun and attended the Local Ballymun comprehensive. As a teenager I had a normal amount of friends at school but was a little shy. I always felt like I couldn’t express myself a lot in school as I would get slagged of by my peers even if the idea of going to college came up (all in good nature, they’re still my friends today), however I always felt a little different and kind of dumbed myself down for a period of time. After attending this course my mind was made up, I was definitely attending college after my leaving cert. I went on to study biological sciences at DIT and I’m now working as an embryologist, a job which I can honestly say I love. Friends who didn’t attend college are all in very good jobs themselves but I’m glad that this course gave me the confidence to make the decision that I really wanted deep down in my heart. Other opportunities need to be also made available to kids that show excellence in the more practical subjects so that they can have some guidance too eg woodwork, mechanics etc

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