Jill McGrath

Jill McGrath

English & History

Leaving Cert


Career Motivation

Jill is from Carlow town. She went to St. Leo’s College. She studied Maths, English, Irish, Business, Geography, Ag Science and LCVP. 

Her favourite subjects in school were Ag Science and Geography, so it came as a bit of a shock when she chose English & History to pursue in third level, as she also didn’t study History for Leaving Cert.  

She always wanted to be a teacher, primary school teaching when she was younger but then secondary school teaching suite her more, as she felt her Irish wasn’t strong. Being in stage 3, she is still passionate about teaching and plans to pursue a Professional Master of Education (PME) with Hibernia College when she graduates. 

Why Carlow College?

When researching options, she didn’t go to open days because it was during the Covid-19 Lockdown, so they were all online. She decided she wanted to stay in Carlow, being from here she knew of the college already, so, she researched the CC website and found the wide variety of modules very interesting. She felt the intimate college was preferable over the size of a typical university. So, she felt CC was a better fit.  

Transition from second level to third level

The transition from secondary school to college was quite easy for her as she started with one of her friends, so she had someone to rely on. However, since it’s such a small college you make a strong connection within the class very quickly. There was a bit of difference from school to college such as independent learning in this course, as there is a lot of reading. The essays and deadlines were tough at first but as she did more, she found them, and research methods came more naturally to her. The modules that stood out for her most are American Literature and The Rise of fascism. 

Social atmosphere

Socially, Carlow is a great place to meet people, night life is great the same as any typical university and there is always something entertaining going on.    The dance balls that are hosted by the student union for instance are extremely entertaining.  

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