A Thurles girl has been been named to the Dean’s list at Frostburg State University in the USA for outstanding academic achievement. Nicola Sammon, a third year Liberal Arts student in Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College, received the honour while studying in the University as part of an off-campus placement programme.
To qualify for the Dean’s at Frostburg state, students must have earned a cumulative semester grade point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.
Tralee native Sinéad Boyle, another Liberal Arts student, received the honour along with Nicola. Both students chose to attend the University in Western Maryland for their Spring Semester as half of the off-campus portion of their degree. Nicola is a student of Gaeilge and History and did her Autumn semester work placement at Gaelscoil Bhríde in Thurles.
Prof. Michael Breen, Dean of Arts at Mary Immaculate College, commended Sinéad and Nicola’s achievement: “These results show that our Arts students at MIC can compete with and outperform their counterparts across the world. These outcomes are a tribute not only to the students’ diligence and dedication but to those faculty members who have taught them for their first two years in the College. The BA at MIC is a highly sought after course, as attested by its high CAO points year after year, and this is due in no small measure to its deeply committed lecturers and support staff.”
Naturally, Nicola was pleased with the news:
“It’s a great surprise and a wonderful privilege to have been named to the Dean’s list in FSU. For me it was really the icing on the cake to an amazing semester of studying abroad. I truly loved my time over in Frostburg I made such wonderful friends and grew so much as an individual. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity.”