Hometown: Galway, Ireland

 

About You

Tell us a little about yourself such as your hobbies/interests that are related or not related to your course of study

I enjoy keeping fit and active and I am currently a member of the QMU Women’s Gaelic football team. It’s a great form of exercise whilst socialising together. I also volunteer with Special Olympics, which initially got me interested in OT. 

I am also a member of the QMU gym and enjoy going to the large variety of classes they have to offer with my friends. It’s a great amenity to have right on the campus.

How did you come to choose this course and why QMU?

I had known occupational therapists that had attended QMU and they highly recommended the course here. As I researched more into QMU, the smaller class sizes and campus was very appealing. Lecturers would know you by name and you would have more interactive classes.    

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

The entry criteria in Ireland are very high for health science courses and as it’s always good to have lots of options, I applied to QMU as my UK choice of study

Living Away from Home

If you are living in halls what’s the best part?

I would definitely recommend staying in halls for first year. It’s convenient to be so close to the Uni and the ResLife team organise many events during freshers and the rest of the year to introduce you to new people. It’s a great way to make lots of friends.

A group of us made the decision to live in halls again in second year and were able to get a flat together. So we’re living with our friends and still have all of the convenience of living on campus. When you have a busy week with classes, assignments and other commitments it’s great knowing how close you are to all of the resources around the university

Life in Edinburgh

What’s the best experience you’ve had so far in Edinburgh? Are there any hidden ‘gems’ you’d like to share?

Edinburgh is an absolutely beautiful place to live. There’s always a buzz around the city with great shops, amazing sights and a good nightlife.

I love how beautiful Edinburgh is. Sometimes it’s just as lovely to head in and just walk around rather than do anything in particular. The amazing views from the castle and the old surrounding architecture are lovely.

"I am thrilled to be heading on Erasmus this year to Portugal. It’s an amazing opportunity offered to second year OT students to complete their placement in Portugal for 12 weeks. It will be an amazing experience that I’m looking forward to completing this year."
Emma Byrne

The Course

Did you attend an Open Day? If so was there any aspect of the University which made up your mind for you?

When I attended the interviews for the undergrad OT course, I really liked the campus. From meeting older OT students and the lecturers, I knew this course was definitely for me. Being around QMU, the buzz and atmosphere proved it was a lovely uni to attend. It was my first time visiting Scotland and I fell in love with Edinburgh and it really helped make my mind up about coming here.

What’s been the highlight of the course so far? What have you learnt, or which particular activity has been the most interesting?

I have really enjoyed getting to know my other classmates and we have really bonded as a class as we all know each other very well. Our classes are quite interactive and we do a lot of group work, which helped introduce new people in first year. 

I am thrilled to be heading on Erasmus this year to Portugal. It’s an amazing opportunity offered to second year OT students to complete their placement in Portugal for 12 weeks. It will be an amazing experience that I’m looking forward to completing this year.

Any advice for students who might be interested in this course?

The OT course is a great one in QMU. I am really enjoying my time here at QMU with all I have learned and done. I really enjoy the lectures as the lecturers make them very interesting, informative and interactive. The lecturers are lovely and are always willing to help you out if they can. They’re passionate about what they do and it really shows in the lectures they give. A great initiative started by QMU is a P.A.T programme, where each student is give a personal academic tutor that’s a lecturer in their course. This person is someone you can contact when you need extra support, are worried about any aspect of the course or your exams/ assignments. I have had a very positive experience with my P.A.T as she will make time to see and chat to you if you need it. It’s a great amenity to have.

What are your future plans after graduation?

I would love to continue my studies and complete my masters after my undergrad is completed.

What’s your ‘top tip’ for making the most of being a student?

I would recommend all new students to get involved with as many sports and societies as these are the places where you make friends outside of your course that share similar interests. Enjoy and make the most of your time in uni because it’s over before you know it. I can’t believe it’s second year already!