My Story: Tara's road to a future in history
Tara Doyle always had a particular interest in history and considered studying it as a single degree subject. During sixth year, her interest in geography grew and she noticed "how both subjects blended together".
The former pupil of Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, decided to discuss the possibility of studying both subjects at university with her history teacher who, coincidentally, also happened to be her geography teacher.
Tara saw the benefits of broadening her area of study and also considered that this would open up the possibility of teaching these subjects if she decided to take that career path in the future.
She is now a first year BA Joint Honours Student of History, Geography and Archaeology at UCD.
The flexibility of the UCD Horizons modular curriculum allows most BA Joint Honours students take at least a third subject in first year and Tara chose archaeology.
At the end of first year she will decide which two of the three subjects to take to degree level.
The 19-year-old from Lusk, Co Dublin feels the combination of history and geography works well together and is really happy that she chose the joint honours option rather than history on its own.
For people who are doing the Leaving Cert this year, Tara's advice is to "stop imagining the exams".
She found that she spent a lot of time worrying about the prospect of the exams and things like "what if this question doesn't come up?".
She advises current Leaving Cert students to separate the exams from the study and "learn as much as you can".
Tara is loving UCD and has become heavily involved in college life. She joined the Film Society during Fresher's Week and went away on a trip with them at the start of October.
She has also started playing Gaelic football with UCD and has been training with the club twice a week since she joined.