Ross Frenett, is the Co-Founder and Director of Moonshot CVE
Ross Frenett is the Co-Founder and Director of Moonshot CVE, a company which aims to use the power of technology to counter violent extremism. Prior to this Ross managed the Against Violent Extremism Network. Ross talks to us about his college days and how the skills he developed in the UCC Philosophical Society help him in his working life.
Course/subjects studied in University College Cork
Arts: History and Politics. Though by the end I had successfully managed to choose courses, essays and dissertation topics that focused almost exclusively on what I was passionate about, Political Violence and Terrorism.
Best memory of UCC
Time spent in the Old Bar arguing about philosophy, politics and nothing at all!
How has your time at UCC helped you to get to where you are now?
The UCC experience, the unique blend of an energetic campus life and academic excellence which allows students to leave as well rounded people.
What is your advice to current UCC students?
No one owes you success or a fulfilling career, you have to create those opportunities. Now is the time in your life to take risks! Study the course you're passionate about, apply for the job you think you can't get, start the theatre company. Twenty years from now you certainly won’t regret taking a few years to chase your impossible dream, even if it doesn't work out.
What person/people at UCC had the most positive influence on you?
The people I studied with and debated with had a profound impact on my worldview and way of thinking. I was also incredibly luck to study under lecturers like Donal O'Driscoll, Mike Cosgrave, Gabriel Doherty, Andrew McCarthy and of course the late Diarmuid Whelan.
Were you involved in any Clubs or Societies?
I was the Auditor of the Philosoph, and was lucky enough to be involved in the Dramat. My involvement in the Philosoph in particular has stood to me every day of my working life. The skills that debating builds, the ability to deal with stress, express yourself clearly and logicality, deal with opposing views and speak in front of people are both invaluable and surprisingly rare.
Favourite UCC legend or superstition
I always found the story about the Oak tree on the lower grounds having germinated in a WW1 soldier's pocket after he was killed on the front line, and having been brought back to the College and planted by a friend both melancholy and sweet.