Peter Patton

Our Pharmacy programme is systems-based which makes for a very integrated course and actually makes everything a lot easier to learn. At RCSI we have placement every year after Year 1 which is also unique.

The RCSI staff are all extremely friendly and helpful, they can help with everything from finding a place to live and getting a part-time job, to study techniques and research opportunities.

In terms of extracurricular activities, RCSI has a lot to offer. There are dozens of societies and clubs for almost any hobby and sport. I play on the Soccer and Gaelic team, and the beauty of these is that they are as serious as you want them to be due to the size of the College. Most RCSI teams get to compete in intervarsity competitions which usually take place in different counties over a weekend. This is a great place to meet people from other colleges and have fun with your RCSI classmates off campus. Some of the best times I’ve had in RCSI have been during intervarsity weekends.

Moving to Dublin from rural Sligo was a daunting enough prospect so for my first year I lived in Millin house, which is one of RCSI’s student accommodation complexes and is a stone’s throw from the College. It was one of the best decisions I made as it really helped me to get my bearings in the city and make friends.

One of the best things about RCSI is that most of the students in the College have the same story as me, and that brings all of us closer as we can easily relate to each other. We are all studying hard, which I think makes people empathetic and has certainly helped me to make some great friends during my time here.

Peter Patton, Undergraduate Pharmacy