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Graduate Attributes and Values
My name is Yuhan Hao and I am currently studying for a BSc in Risk and Actuarial Studies in the School of Mathematical Sciences at UCC. This is a four year honours degree programme delivered in partnership with Beijing Technology and Business University (BTBU). I chose this degree programme because I think risk and insurance-related concerns will become more and more important in people's lives in the future. After I graduate, I want to work in an insurance company and will use my free time to join a rap club to develop my interest in this area.
My assigned attribute is Creator, Evaluator and Communicator of Knowledge and I cannot resist the charm of words. From writing articles to writing poems, I feel that I can express my feelings through words. After I touch rap, I start to write lyrics, because songs can express their emotions better through melodies. Every poem I write, every song is creating a new thing like never before. I feel happiness and accomplishment in my creation. Every work I create is a record of my life like a milestone in the sunset of memory.
In terms of my key achievements in the creation and communication of knowledge, I have written hundreds of love poems, all dedicated to one special person. I have also written other poems to record high school life and emotional changes, such as missing friends who are far away and the campus scenery of the four seasons. At university, I also wrote three or four songs and performed them at the Christmas party for international students.
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My name is Jennifer Conroy and I am in year 3 of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programme.
Compassion underpins everything here in University College Cork. I am so privileged to have the opportunity to study on the BSW course and learn from such amazing staff, support staff and fellow students, all of whom have incredible passion and compassion. One of the core values for a social worker is compassion and I am honoured to be here with my classmates developing and enhancing our skills to be the best we can be in order to help others.
Throughout my UCC journey I have been honoured to work with the students in the Certificate for Contemporary Living (CCL) course, hold the position of Class Representative 2018/2019 and Peer Support Leader 2019/2020, all of which require many attributes and values but the most important skill is to be able to show compassion. Starting a new journey can be exhilarating and exciting but it can also be terrifying and daunting.
The start to my own UCC journey was very exciting but brought with it the daunting reality of change, upheaval, nerves, worries and apprehension. I received amazing support everywhere I went, from the Mature Student Office to the Skills Centre and everything in between. I found great reassurance in unexpected brief chats or even a welcome greeting. I feel through my roles as Class Representative and Peer Support Leader, I have had the opportunity to give back at least some of the compassion that was given to me and I will strive to give back more.
My name is Yitong Su and I am currently undertaking a MA in Translation Studies following the successful completion of the Diploma in Social Science and Arts last year in UCC. Prior to coming to UCC in 2018, I was studying at Xiamen University of Technology (XMUT) as an English major student. My studies in XMUT focused on Translation into English which is why I went on to further study of Translation Studies in UCC.
I feel that I embody this attribute from my experience of studying and working abroad for the last number of years. I have been studying in Ireland since 2018 and I also studied in Switzerland as a visiting student for one semester. I attended the business school in Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz in Olten and met a lot of international students there. In addition, I also worked in Universal Orlando, Florida for my internship where I worked as a photographer and saleswoman for about three months.
One of my key achievements to date in terms of global citizenship is learning to respect and accept people from other cultures which might be totally different from mine. This has been a key learning from my time at University. Furthermore, developing a creative thinking pattern and excellent interpersonal and communication skills are crucial to contributing in an international global competitive environment and I believe these skills that I am constantly developing and refining will enable me to become a truly effective global citizen.
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My name is Temitope Akinlade and I am currently studying Biological Sciences and I am in my 2nd year.
Personally, I love being organised. This enables me to think ahead and most of the time, know the right thing(s) to do. Therefore, when I have a set goal, I like knowing what my options are so that I can plan ahead and with a determined mind, be able to achieve my goal.
One of my best achievements to date is securing a scholarship to study in UCC. I never thought I could or would win it. It was very competitive and there were many abled contestants, but I was among the few that were chosen.
UCC has always been a place that I wanted to study at. Even when I got offers and letters from other universities, I still had my mind set on UCC. I mean, what’s not to love about the college?; its scenery, its location, its hardworking staff, its diverse students, and most importantly, an array of services that ensure that you have a great time in college. UCC is a community in its own right and a welcoming one at that. Therefore, being able to study here is one dream I never thought would come true.
My name is Kyle Macaulay and I am in my 3rd Year of the BA (Hons) Arts-Music, taking Music and Politics.
I believe strongly in the importance of creative practice to enhance learning, refresh and reinvigorate interest in important older works and to invent new inspiring work. As a traditional musician and sound engineer, my creative works come in the form of recordings and new compositions. I am constantly striving to find ways to put my own stamp on compositions or unique older works before releasing the recording in the hope of inspiring a new group of people.
My recently released debut album "Barra Taoide" (Sponsored by UCC's Quercus Talented Students’ Scholarship programme) epitomises my aspirations as a performer, as a composer and as an advocate for the ceaseless promotion of traditional music. The album features a range of significant older tunes from my local area which have been arranged and given new life in the project. These tunes sit neatly alongside my own compositions, written to muse upon a particular historical period, a person or an idea. Recording and releasing this music has allowed it to reach a new audience, one which may not have been privy to the importance and the significance of this older music. It also allows it to reach a more familiar audience, but it refreshes the tradition, ensures its organicity and aids in the passing on of the music through generations. As a creator, this is my most important contribution.
My name is Jamie Twomey and I am currently in my third year of BSc Government.
I feel like I show resilience through my work ethic and my willingness to push on. Throughout the college year there can be many tough and testing times. It is during these tough times that my resilience, along with a strong support network, pays off. As a student who suffers with a visual impairment, it can get tough around exam time with the extra pressure of study. Due to my visual impairment, I often get migraines from extensive reading. This can be a nuisance when it comes to study. Knowing my condition has enabled me to prepare myself around exam time. Thankfully, the Disability Support Service are also a massive help in this regard. This ensures that I am at no disadvantage.
When I completed my Leaving Certificate, I did not get offered the course I really wanted. I then took the decision to attend a PLC for a year. Throughout the year, I put in the hard work and it paid off. The following summer I was offered my dream course. Since coming to UCC I have not allowed my disability to get in the way of enjoying everything that the university has to offer. I am deeply involved in Societies and have also sat on the Student Council. In January 2020, I will be heading off to New York interning in the State Assembly as part of my work placement.
My name is Zhuming Bao and I am currently studying for a MSc in Nursing at UCC.
Prior to coming to UCC, I completed a degree in General Nursing from the Kunming Medical University in the Yunnan Province of China. I chose to do nursing so that I could use my medical knowledge to help others. After graduation, I may continue to study in Europe to learn more about the medical system here. I may choose to get a PhD or return to work in China. No matter what, I will not stop moving forward.
My assigned attribute is being socially responsible and I think nursing is a profession that really speaks to this attribute. I chose to pursue a Postgraduate qualification in this field which shows how committed I am to developing and enhancing my knowledge and skills to make a difference through being socially responsible in my work.
My greatest achievement in terms of being socially responsible is my award-winning research on the antibacterial activity of the plant Ageratina Adenophora commonly known as crofton weed or sticky snakeroot. Native to Mexico, since the plant was introduced as an ornamental plant back in the 19th century, it has become a global invasive species and, in 2003, it ranked first in the "China's First List of Invasive Alien Species" issued by the State Environmental Protection Administration and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is everywhere in my province (Yunnan). Because my Grandpa was a traditional Chinese Medicine doctor, I was aware that this plant was used by local people for medicinal purposes and I wanted to find a way that we could use this plant for positive outcomes. I conducted experimental research when I was in third year of my bachelor’s degree and secured funding from the school. I finished the research one year later and found that the chemical gradients from the plant could kill certain bacteria which led to getting additional funding from another laboratory. I continued the research for another year (2013-2014) and won the Science and Technology Progress Award of Yunnan Province.
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Meet Vera who represents our core value of Compassion.
My name is Vera Stojanovic and I am a second-year Applied Social Science student.
I am the founder and coordinator of BetterTogether, a charity working to empower women seeking asylum in Cork City and County. BetterTogether has been working directly with women living in Direct Provision since 2016 in the area of social and emotional wellbeing. The work that I have been doing through the organisation was planted and grew from the core value of compassion, as I believe many initiatives do.
The work that I have done through BetterTogether very much speaks to compassion as the charity was born out of compassion. When I found out about the direct provision system in 2016, it was compassion and a need to act which drove me to do something. It was the compassion of the people around me, the people who gave their time and got involved, that have made BetterTogether what it is today. I am constantly humbled by the transformative power of compassion.
Through this work, I have been awarded a Quercus Active Citizenship scholarship, been asked to sit on the Working Group of the University of Sanctuary at UCC and on two Cork City of Sanctuary Working Groups. I have had the opportunity to travel to Mexico to work in a refugee support centre and I also have secured a 4 month work placement at Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesvos, Greece which I will undertake next summer.
My name is Harry McCann and I am in my 2nd year of my BA degree in Digital Humanities and Information Technology.
I have taken a digital-first approach to all of my work in the last 5 years. I truly believe that a digital society, built upon the foundations of technology and connectivity, could change the world we live in for the better. My philosophy is that when we are connected, we are stronger, and there is no limit to what we can achieve.
I founded my first business in 2014, Kid Tech, to 'Teach the Next Generation Tech'. Over the space of 18 months, I taught almost one thousand young people all across Ireland how to code. In August 2015, I founded the first Digital Youth Council in the world to give young people a voice in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The model which I designed and implemented can now be seen in countries around the world.
In 2017, I delivered my TEDx talk entitled 'The Power of STEM' in Vilnius, Lithuania. My talk explored the idea of the power of introducing STEM into our education system.
In 2017, I founded my most recent venture, Trendster Media. A digital media agency, creating the next generation of digital footprints.
I have received a number of awards and honours in recognition of my work over the years, the most notable being the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons in the World Award in Amsterdam in 2017. In 2018, I was appointed EU Ambassador for #SaferInternet4EU campaign by the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel.
My name is Mary FitzGerald and I am in 2nd year of my Occupational Therapy degree.
I always want to be the best that I can be in every aspect of my life - whether as a university student, international para-athlete or otherwise. I am not defined by my 'disability'; I do not feel that there is a limit to what I (or indeed anyone) can achieve. As an athlete, I always want to be better than yesterday's performance. I never want to have regrets; I give 100% to everything I do. Of course, people may doubt you, but that only drives one on further in pursuit of their goals. My personal motto is 'never tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon!'.
If I had to pick one achievement to best speak the core value of ambition, it would be making it onto the Paralympics Ireland Fast-Track Panel at the age of nineteen. Of course, it was a dream of mine for a long time; however, I knew it would not come easy. I knew that it required nothing but hard work, diligence, dedication and focus. It was hectic at times, balancing my athletics with a full-time university degree, but I always focused on the big picture and what I wanted to achieve. Many probably said that it was unrealistic, but I knew that if I could put my mind to it that I could achieve it. In January 2019, I was delighted to be called to the panel. I'm hoping to go to the World Para Athletics World Championships in Dubai in November 2019 and of course the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo!
My name is Cailean Coffey and I graduated from the BA in Applied Psychology in 2019.
As a writer, and as a journalist, my job is to keep the people informed. As Editor of the University Express, I did all I could to find, confirm, and verify information that I felt was important for students to know. Knowledge is power, and the more we know as a people, the more powerful we can be in the face of adversity,
As Editor of the University Express in 2018/19, I lobbied the Students’ Union for an increase in the student capitation fee in order to fund and develop student media in UCC. As a student body, it is important to be informed on administrative developments in UCC as well as developments on a wider scale, that could affect our lives as students. The only way to ensure this is to develop the student media facilities in UCC, invest in publications such as the University Express and Motley magazine, and ensure that media in UCC has a bright future. I launched and organised a campaign asking students to increase their capitation fee by €5 to develop student media in UCC. The motion was passed with a 60:40 majority. This meant that UCC students were the first ever student body in Ireland to vote to increase their capitation fee in order to fund student media. This is a legacy and a mindset which, I hope, will last forever.
My name is Colla McMahon and I have just graduated from UCC with a degree in BSocSc (Social Science).
I am the Co-Founder and Director of a company called Tiny Homes and I believe that in business, when you are trying to think of a new product or service idea, the idea should revolve around a solution to a problem experienced by large groups of people.
To identify a problem or the scale of a problem, one has to willingly put oneself in other people's shoes and consider the needs of others. By doing this, one can create a product or service that not only solves a big problem but solves it in a way that is socially responsible and keeps the users at heart.
Although it is early days for us as a company, we have been able to provide a couple of Tiny Homes to people who have really needed an additional house.
There was one client in particular who lived with her sister and her sister's young family. This person did not have the confidence to leave her sister's house but both her and her sister wanted their own space, creating quite the dilemma.
In the end, we built her a Tiny Home in the back garden of her sister's property. Since moving into her own Tiny Home, she has enjoyed her own independence, her own space and the whole family has peace of mind. We hope to continue providing housing solutions to the people in society who need it most.
My name is Hannah O’Connor and I am a final year Chemistry student, having entered through Biological and Chemical Sciences.
As the Welfare and Accessibility Officer on the UCC Societies Executive this year, my role encompasses the value of Respect. As Welfare Officer, my main aim is to support the wellbeing of committee members of various societies and help them to maintain the balance between academic and extracurricular activities. As Accessibility Officer, I help create inclusive and accessible UCC Societies. These roles are achieved by the respect that is shared by everyone in UCC Societies.
Before I was elected to my role on the UCC Societies Executive, I was heavily involved in the UCC LGBT* Society and still am this year. I served as Chairperson from June 2018 to May 2019 and, in October 2019, we organised a panel of LGBT* speakers from various STEM disciplines to talk to students about their experiences as a queer person in STEM. The event was inspired by House of STEM, the national organisation for queer people in STEM disciplines in Ireland. This event is close to my heart as it encompassed two facets of my life, my love of chemistry and my sexuality. It was heart-warming to speak with people who had similar experiences to me and whom I respected. When promoting this event, I contacted representatives of various STEM departments in UCC and the enthusiasm that staff showed towards the event proved just how inclusive UCC can be!
My name is Sophie and I am in 3rd year of the BSc (Hons) International Development and Food Policy degree.
I think I embody the attribute of being an Effective Global Citizen who recognises and challenges inequality as I am a youth activist who promotes Food Security, Gender Equality and Anti-bullying at local, national and global levels. I speak regularly at events such as The European Development Days in Brussels, WE Day UK, Irish Aid Awards, Thought for Food Conference and Cork Climate March among others.
I was selected by the UN to be a Youth Leader for Zero Hunger at United Nations General Assembly in 2015. In 2017 I was chosen to represent Ireland at the bi-annual Youth Ag Summit where the delegates were challenged to find solutions on “How to Feed a Hungry Planet”. While at the Summit, I co-founded “Agrikua”, an online platform to promote women in agriculture in developing countries. Agrikua went onto win the first prize at the summit and our are now being funded by Bayer Crop Sciences to develop the idea further. In 2017, I was also invited to participate in the inaugural UNleash Innovation Lab in Denmark working to find solutions to Sustainable Development Goals.
I am one of only 10 women (along with Facebook founder, Sheryl Sandberg) to be included in the Disney book about leadership, 'Choose to Matter' written by Olympic medallist and ESPN presenter Julie Foudy.
My name is Ruixue Feng and I am currently in the second year of my PhD on Examining the Factors affecting Economic Well Being in China. Before starting the PhD, I did a degree in Financial Management in Beijing Technology and Business University (BTBU) in China. I then did a Diploma in Business Economics before completing a taught Masters in Business Economics at UCC.
I started playing volleyball at High School and have been playing it for nearly 10 years now. Volleyball has taught me the meaning of resilience, not only on the court but also in life. In the face of intense pressure during a game, players should never give up. I remember when I was in BTBU, there was a volleyball league between colleges and the match was the best of five sets. My team lost in the first two games, and in the key third game, we were falling behind at the beginning. However, my teammates and I never gave up and finally turned the whole game around to win the final victory! In the process of playing volleyball, my skills and mentality have grown and developed. In the future, no matter what I face, I think I will be able to deal with it calmly and optimistically and will not give up. I think that this is the true meaning of resilience. My greatest achievement in this area is winning a Bronze Medal in the 2013 Capital College Volleyball Challenge.
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Meet Nosa who represents our graduate attribute of being digitally fluent.
My name is Nosakhare (Nosa) Ogunmwonyi. I am a second-year student studying Biological and Chemical Sciences.
I know the course I am doing is Science-related but I have a massive interest in technology. My interest in finance and technology led me to the FinTech sector, where I discovered virtual currencies and created my own start-up company called NIKO VC™. Some of my key achievements in this space include being a Member of the UCC Student Connect Forum (SCF), an initiative set up as part of the Connected Curriculum, to give students a voice in terms of feeding into the design and delivery of digitising student services. In Summer 2019, I also took part in a student incubation programme (Student Inc.) to help develop my businesses NIKO VC™, which is aimed at the person who wants to learn about or invest in crypto currency, and AKA Blockchain™ which is an educational tool to help people understand blockchain and acquire bitcoin.
I believe that I embody the graduate attribute of being digitally fluent as I was born into a generation that is surrounded by fast developing technology but, while some people decide to just sit back and use what is already created, I have decided to take this one step further and innovate, create and educate. My businesses very much relate to helping people understand and gain confidence in using emerging digital technologies and I strive to enhance what we can accomplish rather than settle for what we already have. I consider myself a futurist and I am committed to understanding emerging technologies and their disruptive potential for future innovation.
My name is Zhuming Bao and I am currently studying for a MSc in Nursing at UCC.
Prior to coming to UCC, I completed a degree in General Nursing from the Kunming Medical University in the Yunnan Province of China. I chose to do nursing so that I could use my medical knowledge to help others. Nursing in China is still at a level that needs to be developed. After graduation, I may continue to study in Europe to learn more about the medical system here. I may choose to get a PhD or return to work in China. No matter what, I will not stop moving forward.
My assigned value is compassion and I think nursing is a profession that requires a lot of empathy and the ability to feel and show compassion. I chose to pursue a Postgraduate qualification in this field which shows how committed I am to developing and enhancing my knowledge and skills to make a difference in this career. Nursing is a part of me, and I am willing to devote myself to this profession.
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My name is Maeve Richardson and I am in 2nd year of the BSc Government degree.
I believe I embody the graduate attribute of being an Effective Global Citizen who recognises and challenges inequality by choosing to be an active citizen and fighting to represent communities whose voices aren’t always heard. As someone on the autism spectrum, I feel it is vital to represent our voices politically and socially. Ensuring youth and student voices are given a platform has been at the core of my activism as well.
Receiving a Quercus Active Citizenship Scholarship has been an absolute honour as it truly is a mark of recognition of my efforts to be an effective global citizen who recognises and challenges inequality. I am proud to have been elected as UCC’s Students’ Union Equality Officer last year and to formerly be the Irish Second-level Students' Union's Welfare & Equality Officer in 2017. I have also held positions in Scouting Ireland and the National Youth Council of Ireland. This year, I am lucky to also be UCC Societies Development & Community Engagement Officer to help societies grow and be supported. All of these roles have been geared to providing a platform for young people to be heard.
My name is Keying Chang and I am currently studying for a BSc in Risk and Actuarial Studies which is a dual degree programme between UCC and the Beijing Technology and Business University (BTBU). My degree is a very challenging programme but I feel that nothing is impossible for me. I like Europe very much and, here in Cork, the people here are very friendly, which is one of the reasons why I chose to study here.
Integrity in Chinese can be translated as being fair and frank and assertive. As part of our own personal growth and development journey, we will all go through a variety of experiences and will face thousands of choices. The choices we make will determine the type of person we are and become. A person of integrity must not be afraid of people who are dominant, must not bully the weak, must always adhere to the right path where the lure of fame and fortune would cause one to stray. There are many roads leading to success in the world. To have integrity, be positive and go forward courageously, is that not the definition of success? I feel that I embody integrity in many ways including in my studies. Before I went to college, many of my teachers in secondary school told me "don't write your homework if you can't do it. Do not just copy it.” I have always listened to this advice, especially in the face of pressure, and this takes a lot of integrity.
In terms of my greatest achievements, I once studied tea art in a tea company in China and won the first prize in the Beijing competition with my teammates. The process of making tea is something very special to me. It transports me away from the hustle and bustle of life, calms me down and lets me appreciate the beauty and integrity of such a time-honoured tradition. Seeing the tea leaves in the water stretch bit by bit, seeing the colour of the tea soup deepen bit by bit, is a very healing process.
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My name is David Killoughy and I will be graduating in October 2019 with a degree in BSc Computer Science.
I think I embody the attribute of being an Independent and Creative Thinker as together with Jordan Morrison, a fellow UCC student, I am co-founding my own start up, Setlist, which is a social music app that connects user’s music streaming services together, analyses their listening history and creates perfect playlists for groups of people of all sizes. Setting up a business requires creative thinking skills to overcome the challenges in doing so. As my degree has given me a background and training in software development, this has allowed me to develop our business and build the app myself without needing to hire outside help. This gives me a great deal of control and independence.
I believe my greatest achievement to date regarding independent and creative thinking is having been accepted on to entrepreneurial accelerator and incubator programmes such as Student Inc., this last summer, and Ignite which I will begin in October. These achievements best speak to my independent and creative thinking as I have not only proven to myself that I am capable of taking exciting risks and choosing the path less travelled but I have also received external validation in that there are others who see the value in my work and are willing to help it reach its full potential.
My name is Annaliese Murphy and I’m currently in 2nd year of Arts International.
I think I embody the trait of resilience because in the Super League we have a match every weekend and we have to keep going and not give up due to constant games. This summer, my Irish u20 women’s basketball team competed in the European Championships in division B and we won the bronze medal. We showed resilience throughout this competition as we lost one of our qualifiers which put us under pressure to win our next match to qualify for the top 4. We lost the semi-final and we had a quick turn around the next day in the bronze medal match. We showed great resilience and perseverance here as we won the bronze medal match by 3 points which also saw us promoted to division A.
My name is Jordan Morrison and I am a 3rd Year Business Information Systems student.
I’ve always liked creating things. I started writing and playing music when I was 9. From 12 – 19 I played and managed several bands. Over the course of 5 years, I co-wrote 2 albums and self-published them under our own label with my band ‘Crojayn’. I also started an all ages live music event called ‘Emergence’ that ran for 2 years. I really think there’s no better buzz than creating things out of thin air.
From my studies in UCC, I was able to fuse my obsession for music with technology and business. My current project ‘Setlist’ is a data driven social music start-up which I have co-founded with my business partner and fellow UCC student, David Killoughy. Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC have been really supportive in helping us develop and grow our business.
Our first product is a mobile and desktop application that connects people’s music streaming services (such as Spotify, Apple Music etc), it then analyses their listening history and creates perfect playlists for groups of all sizes. Setlist solves the age-old problem of trying to play music in social settings - whether it's at a bar or restaurant, at a gathering with friends or even a DJ performing in front of crowds of thousands of people; Setlist will give anyone the power to play the right songs at the right time and in the right place. The software is still currently in development, but we are on track to roll out it to UCC students in the next few months. We have also been accepted onto a 12 month start-up accelerator programme called Ignite which starts in October.
My name is Mingfeng Lyu and I am currently in my final year of the BA (Hons) Economics at UCC. Prior to coming to UCC in 2018, I studied Financial Management at Beijing Information Science and Technology University (BISTU).
Since coming to UCC, I have joined the UCC International Society and have taken on the role of Finance Officer for the Society. This is a big challenge for me since it’s an essential and important position in the society committee team. By handing all the emails, doing budgets, payments as well as risk assessments, I have really learned a lot about finance and how to work well under pressure. We also have lots of fun!
With regard to the core value of respect, being in the International Society has given me the opportunity to meet a lot of people from different backgrounds. Interacting with lots of students from different countries has increased my respect for the value of diversity and different cultures. Making friends from all over the world has broadened my perspectives and really developed and nurtured my core value of respect.
While study and good grades in exams are very important, my time in UCC is not only for study. I have gained more than knowledge. I have learned that the core value of respect for your friends and teachers as well as respect for knowledge is the key to creating a good learning environment here at UCC and in the future.
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I believe I exhibit independent and creative thinking as I started my music degree as a classically trained Mezzo Soprano but, over the last six years, I have been introduced to a great number of world music genres, such as Javanese Gamelan, West African Drumming, and North/South Indian Classical music. These experiences have broadened my musical horizons and my interest in the subject of Ethnomusicology. It was my new-found interest in the discipline which led me to spend a semester abroad in Wesleyan University Connecticut, during which time I studied and performed with internationally renowned Ethnomusicologists, such as Professor Sumarsam and Professor Su Zhen. I now focus on the blending of world music with my vocally classical background.
My final year Major Study Project consisted of the arrangement of western choral works with the music of the Javanese Gamelan, and my Masters thesis focussed on the indigenous music of Australia.
I will be traveling to Krakow in Poland this coming November as a finalist in the Lions World Song Festival for the Blind. I will perform an original song written for classical voice, North Indian Sitar and Irish Tin Whistle.
My name is Lina Skarabis I am a final year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Geography and having Economics as a minor.
I believe that respect for our fellow human beings as well as all other living forms on Earth and for our planet itself is vital to build a flourishing community and a sustainable future. In everyday life, I try to treat everybody with respect and tolerance and without prejudice or judgement. I strive to help people to be content with who they are and want to help them to fulfil their potential.
With my activism, I try to increase students’ respect for and awareness of our planet Earth. I think it is vital for humanity to reconnect to nature and to learn to respect it in order to protect it. Last year as the UCC Environmental Society’s Campaigns Officer I ran a campaign around sustainable eating habits. At the core of sustainable eating is respect, in my view. Respect for the people who work the soil and produce our food at home and overseas, respect for the Earth from which our food ultimately comes and also respect for the flora and fauna as biodiversity is vital to ensure future food supply.
With the campaign, I aimed to make students aware of the relationships between the Earth, all living things and the food we eat daily. Appreciating and respecting these relationships is essential to become good global citizens.
My name is Cuizhu Wang and I am currently undertaking a PhD in Philosophy in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies at UCC. Prior to this, I completed a MA in Asian Studies in UCC. I also hold a BA in English and a BA in Business Administration in China Three Gorges University and I also studied World Literature (English) at Ferrum College in the USA.
With regard to my independent and creative thinking, I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at UCC and , as a young entrepreneur, have also founded my own company - Dawn Education. As a researcher at UCC, I do not only learn but also contribute my value to UCC. I work as a teaching assistant at the Department of Philosophy and I am an Academic Support Officer at the Centre for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, UCC. Having previously worked in the USA as a professional interpreter I work as a part-time interpreter, supporting international events at the UCC International office, UCC and the Irish and Chinese governments.
In addition to my studies and translation/interpretation work, I am also a part-time dance teacher and have been teaching dance since 2009. The genres I teach include: aerobic dance, jazz, hip pop, latin dance, ballet, modern dance, and oriental dance. This also very much speaks to my creativity and creative thinking skills.
One of my key achievements is being asked to participate in a UCC campaign for International Women’s Day (March 8th 2019) called Celebrating Inspiring Women of UCC which featured amazing female role models in their fields, from science to the arts.
Begin. Belong. Become. 启程 归属 蜕变
My name is Maria Nagle and I am a 2nd Year BA student.
Ambition is a value that is essential to success. I feel I embody this attribute as I am driven to advance and accomplish my goals. I thrive on challenge and constantly set goals for myself, so I have something to strive towards. I believe I am an enthusiastic, hardworking and motivated individual who sets high expectations for everything I do. I think outside the box and do everything necessary to achieve my goals. I surround myself with other ambitious people and I expose myself to new ways of thinking. I will consistently seek ways to improve myself and keep my eyes firmly set on achieving my next goal.
At the age of 20, I launched my own business, Pure Sonas which is helping people to overcome illness and discomfort and be the best version of themselves. I believe this is the embodiment of ambition. Starting your own business is not the path a 20 year old college student is ‘supposed’ to follow, but this did not dampen my aspirations.
Being a business owner is not an easy task, it’s not something that’s done on a whim or without commitment. A burning desire, a long-term plan and an open mind are required to execute the transition from an idea to a fully operational business. I believe my ambitious and passionate nature drove me to start my own business, it allowed me to surf the inevitable lows and build upon my successes.
A business can fail for many reasons, but without ambition it never stands a chance. This is why I believe starting my own business is my most ambitious feat to date.
My name is Tianshu Xu and I have just completed the MSc Interactive Media degree in the School of Computer Science and Information Technology at UCC. Prior to this, I undertook a BSc in Food Quality and Safety in JilLin Agricultural University in China. While at JiLin Agricultural University, I spent most of my extra-curricular time participating in the activities of the network department of the students' union. Since I am good at video editing and putting slides together, I was assigned to make video clips and slides for many events and lectures. With this experience, I came across numerous approaches to make media content engaging and appealing and this made me choose to go on to do further studies in this field to increase my knowledge and skills.
As a demonstrator in UCC, my duty is providing guidance and assistance to students conducting laboratory sessions. Since I am supposed to answer student questions during Lab sessions, I need to prepare and be familiar with the knowledge of the practical exercises being undertaken and I really enjoy this demonstrator job a lot. Due to my programming skills, I can easily help others with their script issues and help them to also increase their own digital fluency.
Begin. Belong. Become.
启程 归属 蜕变
Meet David who, along with his teammates, represents the core value of Integrity.
My name is David O’Shea and I am in my final year of the BA of Arts (Joint Honours), Studying Maths and Economics.
I am the Chairperson of the UCC Ultimate Frisbee Club. In Ultimate Frisbee there are no referees; each player is responsible for knowing and upholding all the rules and making calls and deciding the outcome of infraction. Each player must have and display the utmost integrity when playing the sport as it is highly important to embody the Spirit of the game and to play and, by extension, win and lose, fairly. To be an Ultimate Frisbee player, integrity is as important the ability to run, jump and throw.
At every tournament, the teams score each other after each game based on five categories in Spirit of the Game: Rules knowledge and use; Physical contact; Fair mindedness; Positive attitude and self control and Communication. In order to score highly in these categories, each individual needs to embody the core value of integrity to put the essence of the game ahead of winning. At the end, the team with the highest spirit average is awarded a spirit trophy. The awards I have at home are tangible proof of exhibiting this core value. The award that sticks out the most was the Spirit Trophy we won for Men's Indoor IVs 2017, as the team placed first at the tournament and won Spirit. This is incredibly difficult to achieve as to win a tournament with the most integrity at the tournament is rarely seen and is a proud moment in the club’s history.
My name is Fayza Baslaim and I am a second year student of the BSc (Hons) Medical and Health Sciences.
As much as some people may think that they could live alone and do a good job at it, we are designed by nature to live together as social beings, in harmony with each other. Each one amongst us has a responsibility to the members of the society we live in, and it is we who shape our societies, for better or for worse.
I find pleasure and happiness in simple acts that cost nothing whether it is smiling and saying hello to passers-by, engaging with and getting to know the person who serves me coffee and other people who are often overlooked, helping someone cross the road, removing trash or harmful objects from public paths or from public buses, assisting a drunk person on the road, making time to chat with the elderly and those who may be lonely and longing for human interaction, supporting causes that improve the welfare of animals, students, the evicted, the homeless, the abused, the elderly, the marginalized; standing up to injustice, racism and discrimination, volunteering with UCC in any opportunities that come my way so as to give back to the community; little acts all done in the hopes of leaving a better society for tomorrow than the one I’m in today.
My name is Cuizhu and I am currently undertaking a PhD in Philosophy in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies at UCC. Prior to this, I completed a MA in Asian Studies in UCC. I also hold a BA in English and a BA in Business Administration from China Three Gorges University and I also studied World Literature (English) at Ferrum College in the USA.
With regard to my ambition, my PhD is a very ambitious project as an exercise in social philosophy. My thesis is entitled: Normative Expectations, Subjective beliefs, and risk: an incentivized study. It crosses the disciplines of philosophy, behavioural economy, sociology and data analysis and requires me to learn and master skills in these different disciplines. The challenges in this project have never stopped me; it is my ambition to climb to the summit of my learning journey with action, courage and resilience by succeeding in this PhD.
One of my key achievements in terms of being an ambassador for ambition is being asked to participate in a UCC campaign for International Women’s Day (March 8th 2019) called Celebrating Inspiring Women of UCC which featured amazing female role models in their fields, from science to the arts.
Begin. Belong. Become.
启程 归属 蜕变
My name is Amy Sinnott and I am a third year BComm student.
As I am visually impaired, I believe I challenge inequality almost every day when using my problem-solving skills to find ways to carry out the necessary activities that a sighted person would be able to do in a more common way. If I find that these ways are beneficial to me, I will then share them with anyone who I think would also benefit. I also challenge inequality by volunteering with different organisations such as Camp Abilities which have helped me to become the person I am and showing the younger people in these organisations that a disability will not define them or hold them back from achieving their dreams.
I believe that my biggest achievement to date that best illustrates the Global Citizen who recognises and challenges inequality attribute is moving away from home for college. This has made me more confident as I am living a healthy balanced lifestyle independently. I also view my volunteering as an achievement. it is very rewarding to see young people become more confident about themselves and their abilities after helping them with little things along the way.