Eleanor tells how and why she returned to education as a mature student and the sense of achievement as well as pride she felt on graduation day
Eleanor Murphy from Waterford graduated with a BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice Studies
Why Criminal Justice Studies?
It is a very broad area. It included a lot of modules, a lot of things I would have been previously interested in like victimology and social policy. It also included other law modules, such as criminal, prison and employment law. I liked this multidisciplinary approach, as it gave a very broad understanding of the justice system as well as an understanding of how people are treated within it. I got back into education about five years ago through the Waterford Women’s Centre, who encouraged and supported me to go on and do a degree. I particularly chose this course because of those interests.
What made you come back to education?
I reared four children, sent them all of to college (one of them is graduating today) and thought now is my time. It was something I always wanted to do, I felt my time was gone but then I thought no, I can do it anytime.
Have you any advice for people considering coming back to education?
It's never too late to come back. Life is about learning experiences and this one has given me a huge sense of achievement.
What are you doing now?
I work in Waterford Women's Centre doing some facilitating and am also note-taking at WIT for a student with a disability. I am also contemplating returning to college next year to do a masters program.
What was it like coming back as a mature student?
When I was coming in I had a certain degree of nerves but any fears I had were quickly dissipated because of my peers and also because of the ethos within WIT. I found everyone so friendly and so accommodating, they were always willing to support.
How do you feel about graduating today?
I hadn’t considered the actual graduation day until I put on robe this morning and the hat and I felt quite proud.