What are you up to now?
I have just completed a Masters in eighteenth-century civilisation at the Sorbonne in Paris, and have been giving English classes at this university for a number of months. I hope to go on to do a PhD in the next few years, but for now I am exploring other potential career opportunities in journalism, communications and media.
What did winning mean to you?
The fact that I was chosen by so many respected academics from several universities made this award extraordinarily special. I am immensely privileged to have been a part of it, and receiving a gold medal from the President of Ireland is something I will not forget in a hurry!
Why do you think your entry was the winning paper in your category?
My Erasmus experience in Lausanne gave me enormous academic confidence and invaluable creative encouragement. There, I had the opportunity to develop a personal writing style which I brought back to Ireland. A nod to fantastic Dr. Neil Forsyth who smiled, rather than balked, at essays 2000 words over the limit.
What have you been up to since winning the Undergraduate Awards?
At the moment I’m teaching English and Geopolitics at the Sorbonne in Paris, where I’m preparing a doctoral thesis in eighteenth-century civilisation.
What do you see in store for 2011?
I see quite a lot of work ahead of me! I feel really privileged to have the opportunity spend a few years researching something that truly fascinates me, so I’ll be putting all my energy into that for the time being. In the long term, I hope to continue teaching at university level, and one day get around to improving my French…
Undergraduate Award Winner in 2009
University: Trinity College Dublin