Alison Foley

Alison Foley (1)

English & History



Personal History

Alison is from Carlow. She completed her Leaving Cert in 1990. She then went and did a secretarial course but didn’t like it. She worked for a while but was diagnosed with an illness and didn’t want to return to original job. When starting her degree, she initially wanted to go into teaching but now wants to pursue a research career, in the archives. 

Since she is from Carlow, she was well aware of the college, liked the inclusivity of it and the size. Commuting is very easy for her too. 

At the start was difficult because they were online, did her first year over two years part time so felt it was disjointed but once she got to second year met the class, she’s with regularly now, she found it easier.  

Experience as a student

Academically, she finds it perfect, going into final year next year so it comes around quick. 

Socially, she met a really nice group of people in English & History and enjoy their company, they all get along chatting and listening to the changing stories of the day. It’s an all-around positive experience studying in Carlow College. 

What have you discovered since starting your degree?

Discovered she still has to do a mind map as an assignment in third year! Everything is as she thought it would be otherwise, but now she has a better approach to assessments. 

What do you say to prospective Mature students?


It is a great course, with a broad range of history that goes through a wide range of eras and countries. With English, there is the usual mix of classical and contemporary, so there’s something for everyone. 

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