Making it work: study, motherhood & a global pandemic
Psychology student Dearbháil Lynch discusses studying during CoVid-19 whilst caring for a young family
"I started my Masters during my maternity leave, after the birth of my second child.
I had previously worked in performing arts and as a teacher and became interested in supporting people more personally than academically.
I started working in a support and counselling role within an addiction treatment centre. Many service users present with dual diagnoses when receiving treatment for substance use and my interest in diagnoses, human behaviour and therapies to overcome behavioural/substance problems led me to clinical psychology.
I knew I would need time to study for the course, so I decided to take the maternity leave that I had off work to complete it. I also had the support of my family before taking the course on, but actually, with lockdown happening and the learning transferring to remote, I saved time on travel and could allocate that extra time to my studies.
The staff were amazing. I suppose I was concerned that learning would feel less accessible or less valuable in some way, but that was not the case. Lectures and seminars continued online and lecturers were on hand to support us, while labs and practical classes remained interactive.
Some of my lecturers are parents, so that commonality was reassuring and comforting. I’m very grateful to the Queen’s staff who have supported their students (and the mummies) so well during the course.
It was my little boy Eoin’s 1st birthday on Saturday and I am very grateful to Queen’s for an amazing year so far!”
Dearbháil is studying MSc Psychological Science.