“And How Marketable is that Degree in Ancient Greek?”15 December 2015
To be fair to Alastair Daly, one of the most dedicated and honest intellectuals ever to grace these halls, he is also studying English at Trinity, which does make that position of venture capitalist/vampire a bit more attainable. So, why was Alastair willing to answer such tough, probing questions?
Because he was invited back by Captain Hannah Collins to speak to current Fifth and Sixth Years as part of the Alumni Redux Programme in which recent graduates return to spill the beans on their university courses, helping to guide the current Conlethians with their CAO decisions. The questions ranged from the practical to the esoteric: What is the Maths like in Engineering? Are Nursing students really like that? How practical are the BESS classes? Is it true that you undergo a procedure to remove your soul in First Year Law? …
Vice Captains Noah Brabazon and Josh Harvey-Graham were on hand for security, just in case the girls went crazy when they heard legendary heart-throb alumnus Ross McHugh was dropping in to speak about his Business Degree and his newly started career at LinkedIn. The more binary-oriented students flocked to Computer Scientists Owen Mooney and Matt Donnelly who gave the low-down on the high-tech and are living proof that a dedication to the Jedi Code does not preclude gainful employment.
Conan Quinn denied the Sith rumours but did admit that Law at Trinity is a challenging but ultimately rewarding arena. James Lardner used a hypothetical model to finally put to bed the ‘Engineering at Trinity is not applied enough’ argument. Holly Davage stressed the opportunities available in General Science and Matthew Collins, for once, let the oligarchy, patriarchy and other -archies rest, instead giving sound, practical advice about pursuing a degree in Politics. It was an enjoyable and useful evening for all involved and plans are afoot to run something similar for Transition Years.