Open days held in DCU, St Pat’s and Mater Dei

DCU open days went down a success last weekend, with the college attracting hundreds of students across Ireland to its campuses in Glasnevin and Drumcondra.

Students were welcomed to explore DCU, St Patrick’s College and Mater Dei on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th November.

Students weighing-up which college to choose next year flocked to the campuses to get a feel for the atmosphere, with organisers emphasising the importance of student life.

The two-day event was filled with activities ranging from seminars and workshops, to accommodation tours and one-to-one interactions with current students and members of academic staff.

Music and dance was heavily featured throughout the day as well, with a stage and DJ positioned outside the Henry Grattan building, prompting involvement from the visiting students, as well as an appearance from SPIN 1038 on Saturday.

As the days progressed, more introductory presentations showcased to students, with each school highlighting its given courses.

DCU student and tour guide for the open days Aodán Farrelly spoke of his own experience visiting DCU campus as a leaving cert student.

“It was a great experience to be part of because I remember coming to the open day two years ago as a 6th year student and completely falling in love with DCU from that day, so to be able to get involved was brilliant,” he said.

Interactions via social media were also promoted, with DCU running a competition for students to win an iPad by sending in a selfie with their favourite part of the campus. With the integration of St. Patrick’s College into Dublin City University next year, free transport was provided between both campuses for prospective students and their families.

The Hub provided a fulcrum of activity over the two days, also showing students what clubs and societies DCU has to offer, all in-keeping with proving to students that college life exists beyond the lecture halls.

Despite poor weather conditions on Friday, volunteers said that the atmosphere on campus was fantastic, with attendances an unprecedented high.

Aaron Gallagher

Image: Steve Kampff

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