Student Profile Paul Kiernan
Final Year, Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Quercus Sports Scholar (Rugby)
Why did you choose UCC?
I chose UCC because I'm a Cork man and my family have been educated at UCC for 5 generations so it seemed like a natural choice for me. I knew from second level education that I had a keen interest in business and the UCC Commerce degree provides an excellent environment to learn about many aspects of business. I wanted to play college rugby and I was drawn to the UCC team in particular for the calibre of training, the passionate teammates and the experience that comes with playing for a club so steeped in tradition.
What kinds of extra-curricular things do you do?
Rugby, college course-work and my part time job take up the vast majority of my time during the academic year. However I also try to get involved in charitable pursuits when time allows, for example this year I raised money for autism related charities by taking part in Cork's run in the dark.
What are your best memories of UCC so far?
Captaining the UCC rugby team to get promoted to the top division of the All Ireland League for the first time in the club's history and doing it all with a team of lads that I'm proud to call some of my best friends (and one who is my brother!).
What advice would you give to your leaving cert self?
Try not to stress yourself out too much about exams and make sure you leave time to throw yourself into extra curriculars that excite you. Take the time to meet new people and make lifelong friends. Enjoy the overall college experience because it will fly!
What would you like to do when you leave UCC?
I am enrolled in UCD Smurfit school of business to undertake an MSc in Management Consultancy next year. I would like to continue pursuing my interest in business after my studies, while maintaining my passion for rugby.