Living the dream: how I ended up studying abroad at UCC on a MSc scholarship
Octavio thought studying at a post graduate level abroad was out of reach, but thanks to a full scholarship he’s living his dream and pursuing Data Science & Analytics at University College Cork…
If someone had told me a year ago, that today I would be studying a master’s degree abroad, I simply wouldn’t have believed it. I had other plans on my mind that were not even close to studying at post-graduate level, but more so, I thought it was impossible because of the amount of money it would require.
One day, while I was working, I received an email that described an opportunity that contained exactly what I needed to keep studying. This opportunity was a scholarship to study a master’s program in Ireland at University College Cork (UCC). The scholarship covered all the possible fees, it also included money for living expenses, but only one Mexican was going to be able to earn it and I only had a couple of days to send my documents. So I quickly prepared everything because I had absolutely nothing to lose and also it was a once in lifetime chance.
To make a long story short, I got the scholarship and I chose to study the MSc in Data Science and Analytics, a field becoming increasingly relevant for any industry and a fascinating topic.
Cork and Ireland have surprised me, not just because the city itself is gorgeous and the weather is not as cold as I expected, but it’s because of the people that live here; they are extremely kind and warming. UCC has great lecturers and beautiful campus: magnificent buildings, a river flowing across the complex and green areas all around you, and I’m simply mentioning some of its great aspects.
Getting a scholarship, like the one that I’ve just described, is no longer something impossible, the truth is, it’s becoming more usual than what you might expect, so usual that it’s more probable that you’ll find about it by email, just like me. Universities and governments from all over the world are increasing the number of opportunities for foreign students to study a postgraduate level at their countries. So right now, the issue isn’t if you can apply for it, the issue is, where do you want to go and what do you want to study!