My name is Ben Flood. I am currently studying Business, Economics and Social Studies in Trinity College graduating in 2017. I have been associated with the Trinity Access Programmes since I participated in the ‘Pathways to Law Programme’ in 2010. My ambition is to ultimately practice law. Last year I completed a FETAC award in General Studies in Liberties College (Dublin). This course allowed me to successfully apply to Trinity as well as gave me a year to mature, being so young graduating from school at 16. I have always worked hard academically. I put my all into everything that I do. Two quotes come to mind when I think about studying at Trinity; ‘You have to dream before your dreams can come true’ and ‘If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.’ I strive to be the best I can be and these quotes help me to reach my high goals. I have the drive to not only complete this course through hard work and diligence, but to also make lifelong friends, create amazing memories and be able to give back after being given such great opportunities.
1st Year Update
I still remember my very first day. The sheer terror going from a class of 15 to a class of over 400 is something I shall not forget soon. Looking back on the year, it was certainly fraught with challenges, all of which were overcome. My first year in Trinity was, quite frankly, the only time I remember ever being excited to wake up on a Monday morning and it was because I had double Law at 9am. I got off to a slow start during my exams and was definitely distracted. Luckily I was able to pull it together by my last exam. If you put in the work throughout the entire year and keep your notes together, then studying becomes second nature, or maybe that was just me. Next year I will be jumping from 6 modules to 9 modules, including Accounting, Finance and Intermediate Economics. However, I am most looking forward to studying Aspects of Irish Law in a European Context.
Trinity College has done a lot for me and so I love to give back. Last year I became a Trinity Access Programme and spoke to secondary school students about my college experience and how I got to university. I plan to continue on with this in my 2nd year. I am also going to be a “Student2Student” mentor.