Balancing a busy schedule whilst studying a masters – Harry Purcell, MSc Finance
Hi, my name is Harry Purcell. I am a student here at DCU studying for a masters in Finance and I’m also fortunate to be part of the DCU sports scholarship Program. I am a member of the DCU athletics team and compete over 800m at an international level.
Time management is essential when it comes to balancing my athletic and academic commitments. I have 10 training sessions a week and lectures in between. But given the high standards set on my course, I also spend a lot of time reading and researching material. Most evenings, before going to bed, I set out my plan for the following day, and on Sunday, I sit down and plan out my week. It may sound very robotic, but it is necessary when time is so precious. In my opinion, the most critical aspect of this is balance. I always make sure to keep space in my schedule to see my friends and family. It provides me with a space to switch off and forget about studies and training. As hectic as all this may seem, I really enjoy the routine, especially with lectures back on campus.
DCU Facilities and Support
The support I have received here at DCU has been excellent. I am very fortunate that the university allowed me to split my masters over two years. It has given me more time to focus on my training. It also helps that the head of my course, Professor Shaen Corbet is very understanding of my situation and is always willing to help. – From an Athletic standpoint, the support and facilities provided are excellent. I am targeting the upcoming World, and European athletics championships and DCU have provided me with the platform to do so. Last year I achieved a new personal best of 1 minute 46 seconds over the 800m. It wouldn’t have been possible without the world-class facilities and services provided by DCU.
Tips for incoming cohorts of MSc Finance students
– The masters in Finance is very challenging. My main piece of advice would be to get on top of your work as soon as possible. I know that may sound cliche, but this course is very intense at times, requiring appropriate planning and organisation. – Secondly, I would recommend potential/ income students to familiarise themselves with the coding language R. It is a cornerstone of the course. – Lastly, make time to get to know your fellow students through group assignments and social settings. From a professional perspective, it is helpful to have these connections in the future.
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