Friday, 8 February 2013

Why Chose TY??

At the moment third years are making their choice whether to do TY next year. This blog post will show you why you should pick TY. 

Some people are of the opinion that Ty is a very lead back year and is sometimes considered a dose year. However, it is actually quite the opposite. It is a very hands on year. Ty is all about learning to motivate yourself, learning to work as a team, improve presentation skills, personal skills and prepositional skills. 

One of the major aspects of TY is Work Experience. In St. Wolstan's students must organize their own work placements for three different block weeks. For some people it can be quite difficult at first to find a work placement, however this teaches us that not everything is handed to you. This is a valuable lesson an once we start work we will have to source our own interviews and  work placements. Work experience also teaches how to act in a profestional inviornment. You also learn what you like and interests you and maybe what you would like to study at third level! 

All TY's must take every subject available  Therefore, you will end up taking some subjects you have never studied for your Junior Cert. For example; I didn't study Home Ec. or Art for my Junior cert so I am learning lots of new cooking, baking, drawing and creative skills in these classes this year. ( Check out our Art blog here! ) With the extra time on our hands as well we have the opportunity to look at topics that are not covered in the Junior or Leaving Cert. This can be really interesting and you also enhance your knowledge. 

A big part of Ty is working in groups. Some people love it and some people hate it. For nearly every project you will be put into a group. Working in groups teaches you how to communicate with your fellow peers and also work as a team to achieve a common goal. Every group will have it's difficulties and sometimes not everyone will pull their weight. But you have to learn to overcome those difficulties and delegate the work that needs to be done. ( Some of bigger project such as formula 1 competition and our mini company project work worked on in groups check them out! )

All in all I would defiantly recommend doing TY as it teaches you a wide range of new skills which can be applied to any aspect of your life. You make loads of new friends in TY and get to know people you have never spoken to before. Also make sure if you are doing TY to put yourself forward for everything and make the most of your sightly less intense year! There are loads of clubs and sports to get involved with such as green schools and choir and orchestra.  

Some wise words from Mrs. L the TY co-ordinater, "You get out of Ty what you put in!"

Why not check out more of the TY blogs at St. Wolstan's.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with everything Katie has said above. I recommend ty to all =)