Hilary Lavin-BSc (Hons) in Occupational Safety and Health

Name: Hilary Lavin

School: Scoil Muire agus Padraig, Swinford

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what led you to choosing your course 

My name is Hilary, and I am from Swinford, County Mayo. I choose my course Occupational Safety and Health as I know how important health and safety is in all industries and places of work. I have always liked science in secondary school, so I knew I wanted to study a science course. Health and Safety is becoming more and more relevant in the workplace and I wanted to play my part in making everything a safer within the workplace. 

 Why did you choose ATU Sligo? 

I choose ATU Sligo as when I attended the open day, I got a great insight into the course that I was interested in. All the staff was very welcoming and helpful which made it easier to ask questions and to find my way round. I also choose ATU Sligo as it has excellent facilities like the knocknarea arena, gym and library services. 

What advice would you give someone thinking about choosing ATU Sligo? 

ATU Sligo is a very good college where the lecturers really support and help you when it is needed. If you ever need any help with any modules or your course in general, there are many supports and centres that can help you. There is also a fantastic library which is always accessible. 

Do you like Sligo as a student town? e.g. things to do, food, nightlife, clubs and societies, accommodation etc. 

Yes, I like Sligo as a student town. There are many great areas for student accommodation in Sligo at very reasonable rates. Sligo also has a very good nightlife but due to the pandemic that has been restricted and I haven’t fully got to experience it. 

What specifically about your course do you particularly enjoy? 

I enjoy studying all the different modules. I also enjoy the labs but due to the pandemic the labs are virtual which make it more of a challenge. Working in groups is also something I enjoy a lot. The main thing about the course that I have found the best is doing presentations and speaking up as it really benefits you. 

What would you say to a student thinking about studying your course? 

If you like working as part of a group and studying science subjects you will enjoy this course. I think the course also really helps with confidence in speaking and working as a part of a group. 

Tell us about your sporting career/success so far? 

I started show jumping when I was five years old. I competed in my first national championships when I was seven years old in 2009 and I have jumped in the national championships every year since. The last two years I have been competing as a young rider. I have been jumping younger more novice horses since in the last few years. I qualified a four year horse for the four year old final at Cavan equestrian centre in 2019. I also placed in novice classes the past two years in the Young rider National Championships in Mullingar. Last year due to the pandemic there were not many shows to compete in. 

What is the best thing about sport and sports facilities at ATU Sligo? 

The best thing about sports and the sports facilities in IT Sligo is that they cater for all sports and disciplines not just a select few. ATU Sligo has an excellent gym and many other clubs and sporting facilities that are always available.  

How has the sports scholarship benefited you? What are the advantages to it? 

The sports scholarship has benefitted me by giving me the opportunity to represent the college with show jumping.  Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten the opportunity to represent the college due to the pandemic. The advantage of the scholarship is that I can equally focus both on my education and my sport when I am at college. It is a great opportunity for me to have a scholarship. 

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