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Graduate Profile - Eva Burke

Graduate Profile - Eva Burke

Why Humanities?

I was interested in the mix of subjects, and I liked the idea of being able to study English while taking modules in psychology and creative writing.

Why did you choose Carlow College?

I was attracted to Carlow College as a close-knit college community with relatively small class numbers.

How would you describe your time at Carlow College?

My experience at Carlow College was wonderful. It’s such a friendly and supportive environment, and the staff (from teaching staff to librarians, admin and catering) are great. One of the significant benefits of attending a smaller third level institution is that you never feel anonymous or alone – everybody knows your name, including the lecturers, and it makes the college experience far less daunting than it might be at a bigger institution.

What did you enjoy most about the programme?

I enjoyed the close-knit learning environment and the diversity of subjects.

What did you find challenging about your programme?

I found that the work load was intense in the final year, with the thesis work in addition to essays and exams.

Have you worked on any exciting projects since you began working?

I have had several articles published in academic journals, and in 2018 had a book chapter published. I have also had the opportunity to take part in various conferences, both at home and abroad, and have been invited to talk about my research at public events and podcasts!

Why should people pursue a degree in Humanities?

A degree in humanities gives students who aren’t sure about their post-college plans great scope to make those choices when they’re ready – several of my classmates have gone on to teach at primary and second, while others are historians or pursuing postgraduate qualifications in religious studies or psychology. It provides a great breadth of learning.

What was the highlight of your time at Carlow College?

The highlight of my time at Carlow College was the opportunity to present my final year thesis project, as it was my first experience of sharing my research in a public space.

What advice would you offer to people considering to study at Carlow College?

I would advise them to consider the benefits of a 3rd level institute which offers a wide range of subject choices and a learning environment which is wonderfully supportive.

What did you do when you graduated?

I went straight into an MPhil programme at Trinity College Dublin, and from there to the PhD programme which I am currently enrolled in.

How did your experience at Carlow College help you find your first position after graduation?

I was advised to apply to my MPhil programme by the career services advisor, and my application was supported by references from Dr. Eoghan Smith and Dr. Simon Workman, who were both tremendously helpful.

What would a typical day look like for you?

A typical day in term time would include some library time and an hour or two of writing, plus 3-4 hours of tutorial teaching and essay marking. It might also include taking part in conferences and symposiums, and meeting with my supervisor.

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