01 Nov KPMG BURSARY WINNERS EXPERIENCE: AMY DORNEY
Amy Dorney, a final year Economics (Through Transformational Learning) student from UCC and Chairperson of Enactus UCC provides us with an insight into her experience at her first Enactus World Cup.
‘I first joined Enactus in 2016 and had the opportunity to present at National Competition in 2017. Having been on Erasmus in Spain last year, I was ready to immerse myself back into Enactus life this year and I certainly did that with my outstanding trip to the Enactus World Cup.
I was one of the two lucky students from UCC to be awarded the bursary from KPMG to attend the Enactus World Cup in Silicon Valley as part of the Irish delegation.
On the morning of October 9th, we headed to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center for a Team Ireland photo shoot. We were by far one of the largest delegations and it was incredible to see ten universities and institutes, who are usually competitors, come together as one Team Ireland. The feeling of excitement and pride was palpable. We all donned our green jerseys, and gave our brightest smiles and cheered aloud as us Irish do so well.
We then made our way to the main room for the welcome and the drawing of the leagues. What really stood out to me at the beginning was the sheer enormity of the whole event and the amount of people in attendance. I took a minute at the back of the room before I took my seat and it was at that moment that I truly felt I was a part of this huge global network of ordinary people trying to do amazing things. It was honestly quite moving.
Throughout the three days, I had the opportunity to watch presentations from other countries competing and think about how we can learn from them and adopt some of their ideas. I also heard some amazing speakers and learned a lot during the different breakout sessions, particularly how to have an eye-catching and engaging LinkedIn profile.
A highlight for me was hearing the speech delivered by Dr Condoleezza Rice, the 66th Secretary of State of the United States. She was truly inspiring while remaining humble throughout. She spoke about how it is important to speak to those around us, especially those who think differently to us, as that is when we truly learn. This really resonated with me as it shows that sometimes, we won’t always have the right answer, and there is nothing wrong with asking for help.
My experience at the Enactus World Cup has been nothing short of outstanding. I am so proud to have been a part of Team Ireland and I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to broaden my network, experience new things and really understand the true importance of being part of Enactus.’