Ellen Maher

Ellen Maher, Religious Education

St Louis High School, Rathmines

Why you chose to study in DCU?

I choose to study at DCU for a number of reasons. Ultimately my decision was made when I attended an Open Day. DCU offered me the course that best suited the career that I wanted to pursue. On top of that, the staff and students were beyond friendly and helpful. I met students who were studying Religious Education and they assured me that DCU was the perfect place to flourish in all aspects of life.

One unique part about your course that you like

Among the many things that combine within my course to make it unique is that it offers students a chance to get into a classroom before heading out on teaching practice for the first time. This opportunity is called FTP (Foundational Teaching Practice). FTP allows you to see what you are like in the classroom first hand so that you can enhance your teaching to become the best that you can be inside and outside the classroom. This is an incredible aspect of the course.

Best thing about DCU experience so far

The DCU Experience is truly incredible! There are numerous things that make it so enjoyable, however, the one thing that really stands out to me is the sense of inclusion and community within DCU. As a whole, DCU is filled with friendly faces, always willing to help! There is a space for everyone here and even if you are struggling to find it, you have the opportunity to create it through clubs and societies! The community aspect here has really enhanced the DCU Experience for me!

Advice you would give to your younger self thinking of what to do/ where to go 

If I could say anything to my younger self, it would be that everything always comes together, so take your time, there is no need to worry too much!

Plans after DCU 

When I finish here at DCU, I hope to get a job teaching in my chosen subject areas and put my degree to work! In the future, there are many things that I would love to do, see and explore. I would like to pursue a masters in post-primary education – however these decisions are not to made today, so for now I am happy with where I am, here, at DCU.