As grounds staff worked on refurbishments across campus, from painting historic buildings to installing the latest audio-visual equipment in lecture halls, and as academics caught up on their research and publications, all before the students return in their thousands, the International Education Office hosted their most recent group of American high school counselors to graduate from the Irish University Tour. Here is what some of them had to say… Christy Weiss from Loyola Academy in Chicago, the largest Jesuit college preparatory high school in the US, was impressed by “the breadth and depth of the UCC and its people” and noted that “the campus is gorgeous, the city is vibrant and the relationship between them is symbiotic – but the truest asset is the unbridled passionof the people I’ve met.”
Amy Selinger of Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in MA, where the top two American universities currently enrolling graduates are Harvard and George Washington University, said that she is “already looking forward to introducing UCC to her students” and added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the seemingly endless possibilities available for students at UCC. It is clear that the lively, engaged students and faculty create a community of learning that is hard to ignore.” Thomas Kulick of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory from Houston, Texas, agreed that UCC is a realistic option for many of his students with its offering of programmes that “offer high quality at a reasonable cost”. The most common adjectives used by the counsellors to describe the atmosphere, staff and students at UCC were “warm”, “friendly”, “welcoming”, “approachable” and “knowledgeable”. There is already talk of return trips among some of the group. We can’t wait for the class reunion!