Outdoor Education Student - Tara Kilcommons
My name is Tara Kilcommons and I am a student on the degree in Outdoor Education in GMIT Mayo.
When I did my Leaving Cert back in 2010, I made a rush decision and picked a course I felt I should be doing in a large college. I got lost in the system within weeks. I quickly learned the course didn’t suit me, I didn’t know anyone, and I was lost during lectures.
As a result of this, I decided that the second time around, I would visit the college before making a choice on my CAO form.
I visited the GMIT Mayo campus and could immediately tell that it was different from any other college I’d seen or attended. I stepped in on lectures and found the class sizes weren’t as large, and the students had quite a friendly and casual rapport with lecturers. No one had any qualms about asking questions, in fact it was encouraged. There is an amazing sense of ‘home’ when you step onto the GMIT Mayo campus. It was this sense of community that really sealed the deal for me in making my final decision, and I haven’t looked back yet.
I chose the Outdoor Education course as it isn't confined to the indoors, and promotes an active and practical style of learning. It also focuses on interpersonal skills and social interaction which I really enjoy. I don't know exactly which job I want yet, but I know that I love these elements of the course.
Life in Castlebar is great. I spend my free time playing football with the GMIT Ladies Football Team, surfing, shooting arrows or running the Lough Glanna walk with friends. There is a very active Students Union so there is never a shortage of student activities or college nights out to attend. I would highly recommend any student starting college to join a Club or Society - they are a lot of fun and will add so much to your time in any college.