Karl McDonald: “Step Out of Your Comfort Zone” | Discover Your Story

In conversation with Karl McDonald, an AIT student ambassador from Rathfarnham, Dublin. Karl is currently studying for a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Sports Science with Exercise Physiology (Course code: AL837).

Q1: What do you study and why did you choose it?

I chose a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Sports Science with Exercise Physiology. I wanted a change of career and to study something that I’ve always loved and would open the door to working in that industry.

Q2: What do you love most about AIT?

Definitely the people. The facilities are great but it’s just a load of concrete and grass without the people. The people give it life and improve you as a person.

Q3: What’s one positive experience you’ve had to date with your course?

Getting over the intimidation I felt coming back to college as a mature student. I was scared initially, but as it has gone on the feeling that I shouldn’t be here has gotten less and less.

Q4: If you could go back and give your Leaving Certificate self some advice, what would you tell them?

Take a deep breath. You have your whole life to figure out what you want to do, so don’t rush into something that won’t make you happy.

Q5: Have you gone on placement, worked on any cool projects, or studied abroad through AIT? If so, what did you learn from the experience?

I did my placement with Sport Ireland in Abbottstown. I was the dedicated intern for the Irish boxing team. I was a member of the backroom team for the 2019 European games, and after my placement, I was retained to work with the team throughout my final year.

Q6: Why should everyone consider coming to AIT?

It’s good to test yourself, step out of your comfort zone and find out about yourself. AIT will give you the opportunity to learn and gain new skills in your chosen field. If you give it everything, you’ll find out more about yourself than you think.

Q7: What’s one thing you love about being an AIT Student Ambassador?

Being able to just talk to people. If people have questions, are unsure or don’t know what they want to do, it’s always good to talk - even if it’s the same thing over and over again just so someone else can hear it and maybe give a fresh perspective on something. (Also, the hoody is sweet!)

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