Clara Killeen - MSc Data Science and Analytics

My name is Clara Killeen, and I’m a postgraduate student in UCC studying Data Analytics. When I started studying, I was a little overwhelmed by the structure of the course. There is a lot of material that needs to be covered to bring everyone up to the same level initially, covering various topics in both Statistics and Computer Science. A lot of the course’s work is self-motivated, with different projects of both a solo and group nature. This responsibility is a step up from an undergrad level, but I found the challenge good for motivation and rarely felt discouraged (and the few times I did, friends helped ease the nerves). Often it turned out that the modules I found the most challenging were the ones I enjoyed the most, since they were never dull.

Almost all my lectures took place in the Western Gateway Building on the far side of campus, so most of my time was spent there. There is a canteen and a nice café called Elements in the building where most days I would have my lunch. The few times I was on main campus I found the architecture breath taking, in particular the main quadrangle. Since most of my work could be done in the computer labs in Western Gateway, as all the software I required was already installed, I found the Boole Library and the labs in the Boole basement both good study spaces.

As for Cork City itself, my favourite spot in the city is by far O’ Conaills – a coffee shop that does what I think must be the best hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted. It’s located down FrenchChurch Street, off Patricks Street and is small but well worth the wait.

O'Conail Cafe Cork

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