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Kathryn McCabe

Where are you from?


What year did you complete your degree?

July 2008

What degree pathway did you study/are you studying at Queen’s?

Single Honours in Social Anthropology

Why did you choose to study Anthropology at Queen’s?

After reading the prospectus I decided to visit Queens, I had actually missed the most recent open days and yet Anthropology were really accommodating and set up an open day just for me! I was walked around the department by Dr Graham McFarlane, who gave me many sheets taken from actual modules and showed me lectures that were taking place. This combined with Graham’s enthusiasm really made me feel at home in the department, and is something that did not change through out my time at Queens.

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

Everything! The module selection was very good and the opportunities that were on offer were great, for example, within the dissertation module you could study anything and therefore travel anywhere. I was fortunate to spend six weeks in New York to conduct research for my dissertation. Additionally, certain courses allowed different methods of assessment, for instance producing a website instead of writing an essay provided a chance at exploring different skills.

What about studying at Queen’s in general? What was that like?

Whilst at Queen’s I held a full membership at the PEC and was part of the Ju Jitsu Club, the Wadoryu Karate club, the Women’s Football Team and was also an SSCC representative during my third year. I think the facilities at Queen’s are excellent, and if you want you can really get involved in the student community. Equally you don’t have to, but in truth I wish I had done more! But you do have to work for modules, so I had to limit the societies I tried. The only area that was lacking would be the SU, but whilst I was at Queen’s it was completely rebuilt and is now a pleasant place to go and have lunch.

What are you planning to do in the future?

I am planning on joining Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service at the next available recruitment round in January. I believe that though you do not need a degree to get into a uniformed service, due to the highly competitive nature of Fire Service I believe the skills and qualities I have gained at my time at Queen’s will really give my application an extra element that others may not have.

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

Yes I would, I believe it’s a great subject. And though you will spend forever trying to explain what it actually is to everyone you meet, it’s a really interesting subject and will provide you with lots of opportunities to travel and find out about different cultures both close to home and from the other side of the world. My advice to any student starting at Queen’s would be to try everything that even remotely interests you, as the chances and opportunities you get whilst being a student become very few once you are within your career. So anything, from learning Japanese to taking art classes, just go for it- you won’t regret it.