• Question: Why did u decide to take this career path

    Asked by Ryan on 20 Oct 2022.
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      Trish O'Connell answered on 20 Oct 2022:


      I didn’t decide to be a mathematician- I think it chose me!!!
      When I first joined ATU as a lecturer I was asked to teach a number of different subjects – maths was one of them… and I just loved it!!!
      That was 9.5 years ago & I’ve never been as happy;)

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      Harold Berjamin answered on 21 Oct 2022:


      I felt that the academic environment gave me the necessary freedom to express my mathematical curiosity, and I was offered suitable opportunities. I think it was the best match I found!

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      Emma Govan answered on 21 Oct 2022:


      I didn’t really! I couldn’t decide between biology, chemistry, and maths for the leaving cert so I decided to study General Science. Then I ended up specialising in zoology because in college I enjoyed evolution so much. But I also love the stats side of things, so one of my lecturers let me know about a PhD being advertised that he thought I would enjoy. I applied, got the PhD, and now here I am! But when I finished the leaving cert I had no idea this is where I’d be now

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      Maja Popovic answered on 21 Oct 2022:


      when I was in school I loved both maths and languages, so when I (much later) found out that one could work on both, I was very happy

      also, I wanted to be a school teacher for a while, then I found out that you can also teach students at the university, and I like it

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