Ratoath College

Ratoath College

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Rachel Walshe


Rachel Walshe



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3rd Level Course:

Law with Arts in Maynooth University
Why did you choose this course? I panicked is the honest answer. When first starting in Maynooth I was doing Arts. I hadn’t a clue what it was I wanted to do. I tried so many subjects in the first four weeks: English, Music, History, and then decided to try a Law lecture. Law was something I was always curious about. I ended up doing Law, English and French, thinking they were a smart combination and in my second year, dropped French and decided to do move into Law. However, I knew there was no way I could do pure Law and for my sanity I kept up English and so ended up with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Law.
How long is/was the course?  3 years
Current role / employment:  Editor at Veritas Publications
Best career achievement to date:  The idea of careers bugs me. Since leaving college I have been a Legal Secretary, I’ve worked in a chipper (Katy’s, best chips in Ratoath), I’ve been a Company Secretary, a Receptionist and an Editor. My best achievement has been realising that none of these have been the right fit and always moving forward to try and find the path I am meant to be on. 
Have you any advice for our current students?  Do not worry if you haven’t figured out what you want to do yet. Coming up to the end of my Leaving Cert I had no clue what I wanted to do next. It was something that caused me a lot of worry and hassle, because I was so afraid of making the wrong decision. I knew what subjects I had liked in school and had some idea of my strengths, but none of that manifested into this wonderful vocation we’re all supposed to have picked by the time we’re seventeen or eighteen. So when I picked my course, I picked it for two reasons: reason number one was my best friend was going to the same college, and reason number two was it bought me a little more time to figure out. I picked Arts in Maynooth and ended up with a Law degree and no ambition to work in Law. That does not by any means mean I made the “wrong decision”. I ended up making some of the best friends I have ever met from picking that course. I grew and learned more about myself. I made a ton of mistakes and had more fun than I had had in years. I met my boyfriend from picking that course. I learned what it is I don’t want to do and got closer to what it is I do. I still do not know what is next for me but I no longer worry as much as I used to. In the next few years you will learn what kind of person you are, or what kind of person you think you’d like to be and that can only stand to you.
Best memory of Ratoath College:  Very first thing that springs to mind is Mr McAuley singing Abba on the TY camping trip.