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Joanna Dineen

Joanna Dineen

Where are you from?

Belfast, Northern Ireland

What degree pathway did you study at Queen’s?

I studied BA Hons Modern History and completed in 2005.

Why did you choose to study History?

I knew I wanted to be a primary school teacher and so I chose a subject that I enjoyed that was part of the NI Curriculum.  Choosing this subject helped me when I was applying for a place on a PGCE course.

What did you particularly enjoy about studying History at Queen’s?

I loved my time at Queen’s because it is in my hometown and I enjoyed studying with friends from school as well as making new friends.  The History Society at Queen’s was great for socialising and I met many great people through it.  The tutors in the History Department were very supportive and they made student life enjoyable and accessible for me. 

What did you think of the social life in Belfast?

I loved the Union when I went to Queen’s.  The comedy nights were always good fun and I spent many a good hour there.  The Union was really my local when I went to Queen’s but now I go wherever the wind takes me in Belfast.  There are a few good places around but I think the social scene can still get better.

What is your current occupation? What are you enjoying about your career?

I am a Primary School teacher and I LOVE it!  Its very hard work, but I knew it would be.  I enjoy the fact that I have my own class and we have our own routines and jokes.  I also love the fact that I have taught them so much!  The knowledge and skills that they have gained since September is unbelievable!

Would you recommend studying History to other students? What advice would you give them?

I definitely would recommend studying History at Queen’s to anyone.  I didn’t even do History for A-Level and I managed to cope with the lectures and tutorials and enjoy it at the same time!  There is a good range of  modules on offer for different interests so I definitely think it is a good choice!  If you’re thinking about it, go for it!