01 Nov KPMG Bursary Winners Experience: Hugh Duffy
Hugh Duffy, a Psychology and German student from Enactus MU provides us with an insight into his experience at his first Enactus World Cup.
‘This year’s Enactus World Cup was an experience I didn’t expect to have in college. Before last year, the whole concept of social entrepreneurship was foreign to me. As a student of Psychology, I’ve never taken a business class in my life and I always thought of an entrepreneur as someone who bettered him or herself, not society. However, the last 12 months with Enactus Maynooth University have given me, not just an understanding of social entrepreneurship, but a passion for it! Moreover, those 3 days at the Enactus World Cup in London have cemented this passion and given me renewed excitement for the year ahead.
I was honoured to receive a KPMG bursary to attend the World Cup at the National Competition. Anyone who had been to Canada or South Africa in previous years had praised the experience as unforgettable. I couldn’t wait to support the fantastic efforts of DCU and represent Team Ireland and, throughout the summer, my excitement was building up for it.
I had a vague idea of how the three days in London would play out. Right off the bat I was blown away by the massive scale of the venue and the amazing diversity of each of the 35 nations present. It was, and I’m sure I’m not alone in saying this, like nothing I’d ever experienced before. Naturally, I expected the actual competition to be the main aspect of the week. However, it became clear that the Enactus World Cup is about celebration first and a competition second. All 2,000 students and 1,000 alumni and judges were celebrating each other’s efforts and achievements in spending the past year making real and measurable change for the better in every corner of the world. Seeing DCU reach the semi-final was wonderful. They represented Ireland fantastically, not only in bringing some of Ireland’s social issues to the world stage, but they showed the drive and dedication of every Enactus student on Team Ireland and did us proud!
My experience as a bursary winner has indeed been unforgettable. It was amazing to see the cumulative passion of each student from every university of all 35 countries on the world stage. Many of these diverse countries, unfortunately, have similar social problems. Thankfully, each of them have students in Enactus societies leading their youth to make social change. I’m very eager to bring back what I have learned to everyone at Enactus Maynooth as I’m sure all returning Enactus students are. If I’m taking one thing home from my experience at this year’s Enactus World Cup it’s this; no matter what college or what country takes home an award next year, by putting our heads together to better the lives of those in need in our society, ‘We All Win’.’