Little did I think that when I entered Mary Immaculate College, Limerick as an undergraduate in September 2005 that I would eventually find myself parading around the corridors of the College four years later, as a post grad research History Masters student! For that is indeed what I am and loving every minute of it. Of course my Masters is waiting to be written but that will happen in time. Having spent over twenty-five years working with a multi-national company, I was given the opportunity in January 2004 of leaving full-time employment and making a complete change to my life. Having always entertained the idea, but never imagining it would happen, I was thrilled to be offered a place as an undergraduate at Mary I and so began a very personal journey on an academic path that has so far led me to complete my Liberal Arts Degree with a 1st and subsequently be accepted on the college’s postgraduate Masters programme.
To say that I can’t quite believe that I am where I am today is an understatement. When I’m conferred in two weeks time, it will be an extremely emotional day for me. I never doubted that I would graduate once I got to College but the getting there was the bit that I thought would never happen. Once in the academic system my mind and horizons were broadened by fellow students, friends and lecturers. It was those people who believed I could go on to further study. Once I didn’t think I had it within me but now I see myself as Dr Anthony O’Connell and you know what, it just might happen!
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