Where are you from?
What year will you complete your degree?
I will complete my degree in December 2009.
What degree pathway are you studying at Queen’s?
MA Irish Studies.
Why did you choose to study this subject at Queen’s?
Basically, my BA dissertation was about rituals and symbols in contemporary Northern Ireland. I really enjoyed my dissertation topic, and I eventually decided to continue my studies in this direction. As most of the books I had studied for my dissertation had been written by professors from Queen’s (or academics who had been to Queen’s), I thought that studying here was the best choice.
What do you particularly enjoy about studying this subject at Queen’s?
The academic environment here at Queen’s is very lively: during this year I could attend several seminars and conferences, and I’ll probably do the same during the summer, joining some of the lectures of the International Summer School. What I really enjoy about studying Irish Studies at Queen’s is that what is being taught here is not only the subject, but the passion for a subject.
What about studying at Queen’s in general? What is that like?
In general, I think that studying at Queen’s was a good choice. First of all, the quality of what is taught here is very high, something that, on one side, I was not used to, therefore I really enjoy it. Moreover, the fact of having a MA room in the School is a really good thing; my coursemates and I have had the possibility to study together, getting to know each other and share the joys and worries of university work. To relief the stress from academic pressure I used to do some sport in the PEC, which provides a very good service and it’s student-friendly in terms of membership costs. The Postgraduate Students Association is also a nice occasion to meet other students and socialise, something that, especially for foreign student, is of paramount importance.
What do you hope to do when you leave Queen’s?
I’ve always wanted to be a researcher, and I hope to become one when I finish my studies at Queen’s (hopefully by that time the recession will be over). However, Irish Studies is an interdisciplinary course, and one can study different aspects of Irish and Northern Irish culture which can open several job opportunities.
Would you recommend studying Irish Studies to other students and to study at Queen’s? What advice would you give them?
Yes, I would definitely.