Edima Oku is no stranger to ‘dreaming big’, now in her third year of the Honours Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree at SETU’s Carlow campus, Edima is a former finalist in gradireland’s ‘Female Undergraduate of the Year 2022’ and is the current President of the Law Society on SETU’s Carlow campus and member of the Christian Union Society. She also volunteers as a peer mentor supporting incoming first years in their transition to third level study.

More relaxed classroom environment

It’s an intimate class size compared to other universities’ law courses. It allows for a more relaxed classroom environment where lecturers know the students by name and have a good understanding of their strengths and weaknesses which means they support their students in a way that isn’t possible in the larger universities.

President of two societies on campus

This year, I am President of the Law Society and President of the Christian Union Society at SETU’s Carlow campus. In the Law Society, our aim is to rebuild the society to create our new normal post pandemic and leave a routine behind for future members to expand on in the coming years. Our society gives us an opportunity to meet law students from other years and other students interested in this area.

Put the courses you really want first

There’s a lot of pressure on you right now to make the ‘right’ choice. You will most likely change your selections many times, shuffling them around because you aren’t sure you made the right choice. Maybe you’ve always known the course you’ve wanted, to those, I commend you. To the rest of us undecideds, know that you are young and there is time.

Don’t be afraid to ask and explore the other routes to get to your end goal. Put the courses you really want first but I’m sure you’ve heard that a million times from CAO. Be realistic about your choice and points but also don’t let that discourage you from dreaming big. So-what, if you don’t get your first choice, there are other options. Work with what you get and make the most out of it.

For me, I hope to further my education after I get my degree and study for a postgraduate qualification.

A new institution that seems very diverse

SETU is a new institution that seems very diverse from what I have seen. It’s a nice thing to witness. It has the benefits and scale of a university but still has smaller class sizes that makes it more friendly and accessible. It’s also a good thing to see a university as diverse as SETU on our doorstep and accessible to everyone.