Orla O'Brien

Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, Masters in Diagnostic Radiography

Orla from Edenticlare, attended Loreto College, Cavan.

"I completed the level 5 course in Science and Laboratory Techniques in 2020.
I decided to go to Cavan Institute to prepare myself for University. As I was living at home I could work part-time as well as do my studies, this gave me an opportunity to save up before moving to college.
Studying science and laboratory techniques at Cavan Institute gave me an excellent grasp on the essential skills that I will need in university. As a result of completing this course, I have learned the importance of completing assignments on time, submitting them online and referencing researched information correctly.
I loved how the modules in this course had a balance between practical and theory classes. This helped to keep me engaged and gave me a deeper understanding of the topics. We went on field trips throughout the year. I enjoyed visiting Maynooth University to do an investigation on the effect of TB on milk production in cows. I found it very interesting.
I would like to thank my class tutor Nora Hennessey, for her continuous support, encouragement, and guidance all year. Without her, I would not have got my 10 distinctions.
I had the privilege of being selected to travel to Tartu, Estonia on an Erasmus trip. I worked in a veterinary surgical practice and a milk analysis laboratory. I got the opportunity to experience the Estonian culture which certainly was one of the highlights of the year. I would like to thank Dawn Graham for her hard work organising this opportunity.
I was part of the student council which helped organise multiple events for the college community throughout the year. I would like to thank Anne Traynor for her continuous support for events all year. She has all students’ best interests at heart.
As a result of completing my year in Cavan Institute, I am going on to study a Masters in Diagnostic Radiography in Robert Gordon University Aberdeen. I am grateful for all the support from staff members in Cavan Institute for helping me achieve this.
I would highly recommend the Science and Laboratory Techniques course to anyone who is interested in progressing to a third level course in a science-related discipline. It gives you an excellent foundation for core science subjects and teaches you the essential skills that you will need in college.
As an aside, I applied to all 3 Scottish Universities and Ulster University and received an offer in all 4. I also received a Round 0 offer to study Clinical Measurement Science in TUD all thanks to my year in Cavan Institute."

Science and Laboratory Techniques

2018-2019