Name: Lisa Moyes
Where are you from?
I am from Maryburgh, a small village near Dingwall in Ross-shire.
Why did you come to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig?
I first came to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig to study on the Gaelic Summer short courses for two weeks, after finishing high school. I really enjoyed studying the language, and as Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is the only college which teaches further education through the medium of Gaelic, I don’t think there is any better place for learning it. I wanted to learn Gaelic as being a fiddler, it is very much connected to the traditional music of Scotland which I enjoy playing. Gaelic is also an important part of our culture and that’s why I wanted to learn the language.
What was it like to be living at the College and on the Isle of Skye?
I really enjoyed staying at the College and living on the Isle of Skye. I stayed in the College halls which was very fun, and made so many friends from staying there, who I still keep in touch with. There are always people around at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and because it is not as big as other universities and colleges, you get to know everyone. It is like one big family at Sabhal Mòr! Everyone is really friendly and encouraging.
What course did you study?
BA (Honors) Gaelic and Traditional Music.
Why did you choose this course?
I was thinking about studying music after leaving school, and when I saw that there was an opportunity to do a course in both music and Gaelic, I didn’t want to study anywhere else. I am so happy I studied a course in Gaelic as I have been very lucky to have so many opportunities through learning the language, and I have also met so many people through Gaelic, both at and out with the college. I felt like I was in the perfect location for learning, as there is always a lot happening at the College and in the community, so you get a learning experience both in and out with classes.
What was the best thing about your course or about Sabhal Mòr?
I got to study a wide variety of subjects, from teaching, to recording and producing music, and philosophy. There was a great mix of classes and the class sizes were generally small. That was really good as I got to know my teachers, and they were always more than willing to give support to students.
What were your hobbies while you were at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig?
Although the college is in arural location, there is always lots happening such as concerts and sports clubs. My friends and I would often go to music sessions, at the College or in the local hotel, and there are ceilidh dances on throughout the year. They were all very fun! I used to play badminton every week at the College, and I went to the sports centre in Kyle too. The College mini bus takes students there every week.
What are you doing now?
After finishing the course, I moved back home and was teaching and playing the fiddle full-time. I was then lucky enough to get work at the Sabhal Mòr as the recruitment officer, and I am really enjoying it – I am happy to be able to work in a place where I can use Gaelic every day, and it is great to be back!