Former Presentation Secondary School student Anna Zdun has recently graduated from WIT.
Anna, originally from Poland, moved to Clonmel at the age of 13 along with her family in seek of a better future.
Initially, she found it “very difficult to adapt to life” in Clonmel: “The first two years were really tough, but in hindsight, it was only me who made it that way. Everyone around me tried to make the transition as easy as possible. But I was rebelling and in denial; all I thought about was going back to Poland,” she said.
“I didn’t really make many friends at first. I didn’t want to talk to anyone, and even small things like wearing a uniform to school irritated me. But as I gradually stopped repressing the world around me, life became much more bearable,” she noted.
Anna commenced a four year Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Marketing with Advertising and Online Media in 2010. Fascinated by business and psychology, Anna began to garner a greater understanding of why people behave in certain ways in various scenarios; as a society and as individuals. “Understanding consumer behaviour is a huge part of marketing … essentially, marketing is business and psychology mixed together – the two things that interest me the most,” Anna explained.
Throughout her studies, Anna became actively involved in the WIT Sky-Diving club, the Business Society and the Erasmus Society, along with participating in many other after-college activities.
As part of her degree, Anna also moved to Madrid for a semester and studied at one of the oldest universities in the world. “I truly loved Madrid. I got the opportunity to study at the renowned Universidad Complutense de Madrid. I made some life-long friends over in Madrid, learnt a new language and developed many useful skills. It was a life-changing experience,” she said.
Reminiscing on her college experience, she recollected some precious, everlasting memories: “I absolutely loved WIT. I met some really amazing people and learnt so much. I was involved in two ‘live’ campaigns, which encompassed coming up with a campaign for real companies. These have helped me to gain an advanced understanding of real-life standards and expectations. I now feel prepared for the future, with the ability to transform the theory I’ve studied into practice”.
Anna is currently working as a Quality Control Inspector, but intends on moving to Dublin or Cork to look for a job in marketing in the near future. She also believes emigration should be seen as a positive thing and wouldn’t rule it out in search of her “dream job”. She added: “I’m also contemplating doing a Masters degree, which may be that stepping stone to my ‘dream job’. But I haven’t made my mind up just yet! If I’m not able to find a job in Ireland I would definately consider moving abroad. My brother is working for Ford in London and he loves it over there.”