Kay’s Story: Returning to Education

Kay Gavin sitting at a table with a book shelf behind her.
Kay Gavin

“My name is Kay, I would like to tell you about my time as a mature student in the adult education courses run by the Adult Education Service at Crumlin College, Dublin. Going back to education was not an easy decision for me to come to, as I had bad memories of my early school days in the mid-fifties, which were cut short through horrible treatment.

However, I decided to go to Crumlin College and enquire as to what was available to me. At this time in my life, I was very nervous about anything to do with the teaching system, as memories of my childhood experiences flooded back to me. When I arrived I was introduced to lovely tutors, who between them taught several different subjects at whatever level you were comfortable with. I was made very welcome by these people and was put at ease as they explained what was involved.

At this stage of my life, the simple matter of signing a document sent me into a panic but I signed up straight away and have not looked back on this decision. I was pleasantly surprised to discover just how many people of my age and younger, were in the same position. I began studying English, reading, writing and spelling. The next term I moved on to basic computers and maths and then on to art classes. With each year I completed, I felt myself becoming more confident and began to look forward to the next year’s challenge.

At the end of the school year and once you have completed your course, you are awarded a certificate showing your progress in your subjects, it’s a confidence builder.

Don’t let embarrassment or shyness hold you back. The courses cater to all ages, so use them to your advantage. I got so much from these courses, I have no regrets. I would encourage anyone that’s looking for something to do to go along to your local Adult Education Service and talk to someone. You will have no regrets and you will meet lots of new friends! Believe me, you will love it, it was the best move I’ve made in my life.”

If you are interested in returning to education contact your local ETB. Contact details can be found here www.etbi.ie/etbs/directory-of-etbs/

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