Donegal Daily’s feature series with Letterkenny Institute of Technology continues as we hear the stories of current students and their experiences on LYIT’s many courses in the run-up to the CAO deadline on February 1st.
Anna Marks is a third-year student in the Bachelor of Arts in Law with Criminal Justice at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT). Anna is from Germany and studied Law for one year in Germany before applying to join LYIT’s Law with Criminal Justice programme via the CAO.
She chose LYIT because she wanted to study in an English-speaking country and wanted to study in a college that valued community. Having studied for one year in Germany, she was in a class of five hundred students, and found it impersonal.
Anna commented, “I had previously studied in Germany and my class size was five hundred students, in Germany my professors did not know me, and the university lacked a sense of community. I wanted to study in an institute that valued community and that is what attracted me to LYIT – there is a real community at LYIT. When searching for accommodation, I was surprised at how affordable the cost of accommodation was in the region. The Student Union were really helpful when undertaking my accommodation search and the cost of accommodation in Letterkenny is much more affordable compared to Dublin and Galway. It also helps that Donegal is the most beautiful and scenic place to live!”
Anna was nervous ahead of her first day on campus, but those nerves quickly settled, as she was assigned a ‘peer mentor’ who supported her first few weeks on campus. In first and second year at LYIT, Anna really enjoyed the ‘Victimology’ and the ‘Administrative Law’ modules.
Anna added, “I thoroughly enjoy all of my modules in the Law programme but I especially enjoyed ‘Victimology’ and ‘Administrative Law’ in first and second year. What I liked most about ‘Victimology’ at LYIT was the guest speakers, we had guest lectures from the Gardai and the Donegal Women’s Centre – this was really insightful. I really enjoyed the ‘Administrative Law’ module, I found the content and theory in this module really engaging and topical. What I have like most about LYIT is the class sizes. We have around eighty people in our programme. In our tutorials, we have around twenty people in the class and this allows for the effective exchanging of ideas and interactions. This is fantastic.”
Anna further added, “I can’t emphasise enough the sense of community that exists at LYIT. You never feel isolated, you are always supported. Whether it’s the Careers Office, the Student Union or your Department, there is always someone there for you. I have been involved in so many clubs and societies activities during my time at LYIT and this has really enhanced my student experience. My time at LYIT has been life changing and I have grown as a person during my time at LYIT.”
LYIT’s Department of Law & Humanities offers a wide and varied range of Level 6/7 and Level 8 CAO programmes.
To find out more about the Department of Law & Humanities CAO programmes available at LYIT visit: https://www.lyit.ie/Study-at-LYIT/Find-a-course/?lvl=100
To explore your CAO options further and to hear more about the Department of Law & Humanities programmes, watch the You Tube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0A3RwsQAYE&t=204s
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