By Roisin O'Donoghue

I have always been a reader and a writer. From as far back as I can remember I loved the written word. In primary and secondary school English was always my best subject, the one I spent most of my time on and the one I enjoyed the most. I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do for a living when I was older but I knew it should involve writing. So it would only make sense that I study this in university.

The course of New Media and English is the perfect choice for me. It involves a lot of reading, writing and researching. Plus it covers many different fields such as sociology, cultural studies, technical writing and film studies. I have been introduced to so many new theories and ways of seeing the world which I owe to doing such a varied course. Through this course I have met some amazing people as the modules tend to interlink with different courses within the university. I have also discovered that you are allowed to disagree with theories and beliefs that other scholars write about and that your own opinion does matter. The lecturers are passionate about what they teach and that encourages me to be passionate too.

I have come to love the act of learning and no longer feel self-conscious about speaking out in tutorials when asked a question. This semester I have chosen subjects relating to film studies, cultural studies and literature based on contemporary women writers and modernism. I chose these based on my personal interests. I love movies and want to learn more about to talk and write about them. I love literature that centers on women and which makes me think differently about my own identity. I like being challenged and debating the world around me and I believe that the subjects I’m studying are perfect for this as they involve many ways to see the world and the people in it.

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