I studied sociology alongside social policy as part of the B.A. Social Science during my time in Maynooth University. From day one I was hooked on the capacity of sociology to provide questions, answers and challenges concerning the relationships, power structures and institutions which interplay with the patterning of human activity. My growing sociological imagination particularly complimented my understanding of social policy, helping me to imagine the sociological origins for legislative policy. Studying sociology at Maynooth, especially the modules on gender studies, inequality and social exclusion have hugely shaped my own ambitions and career choices.
The passion for gender equality which sociology enhanced and informed has lead me to have work experiences with The National Women’s Council, Seanad Éireann and Women’s Aid in the year since I graduated. It has also lead me to have a role on the steering group committee of ‘The Y Factor’ a National Women’s Council initiative aimed at building a platform for the voices of young women on issues of gender equality. I am beginning a postgraduate degree in Equality Studies in UCD next year, where my strong foundation in sociology will continue to bolster my dedication to social change'