Adult Psychology Student On Course For Success

Kilroy’s College currently delivers six different distance learning Psychology courses and our Adult Psychology diploma course is one of our most popular programmes.  It has been taken by hundreds of students over the years for a myriad of different reasons. Some of our graduates have enjoyed the course so much that they have gone on to study further in order to work in this domain and others have used the knowledge gained from our course to empower themselves and take a personal journey of self-exploration.

One of our past Adult Psychology students, Michelle Hadad, has done something very different with the insights that she has gained from the programme.  She went on to write a self-help book called “The Secret Box… Finding the Key”, which was published in October 2017 . Her protagonist, Maria, goes on a fascinating and humorous journey of self-discovery.  We interviewed Michelle in order to find out more about how she came to study at the College and what inspired her to put pen to paper.

Michelle Hadad – Past Student & Author

The Interview

Michelle, what inspired you to go back to education?

I love learning something new in life every day and I can see myself coming back to the College when my brain lets me in…

How did you hear about Kilroy’s College and our personal tutor-supported home study courses?

I searched online and then I saw a few reviews about the College.  I liked what I read and decided to join in.

Why did you decide to enrol in our Adult Psychology course?

I am a Neuro Linguistic Programming NLP COACHING practitioner and I have been helping others for many years, but I felt that something was missing… I wanted to know little bit more about myself – “who I am…”

Did you find it easy to complete the course within the 12-month course time limit?

Yes, I did find it easy enough.

Had you any experience of taking any other distance learning courses in the past?

No, it was my first time!

Which topic in your course did you personally find the most interesting and why? 

All of the subjects covered in this course gave me an amazing insight into my personality and into who I am. The course enabled me to see a perspective of life in many different ways.

Which section of the course did you find the most challenging? 

While I was writing my book , I was studying my personality,  ID, ego, etc. Maria is the leading figure of my book and I found that I got a little confused as to whether I was Maria or Michelle, but after a while I managed to separate the two and got it sorted out!

Our distance learning courses are quite unique because our students are assigned a personal tutor when they enrol, who gives them guidance throughout their studies and who is a subject expert.  Did you enjoy your interaction with your tutor and did you feel that having this personal touch helped to encourage you to persevere with your studies?

Yes. I really enjoyed my time with my tutor and found that the flexibility of the course delivery was great because I am self employed.

Would you recommend the Adult Psychology course to others who are thinking returning to education?

Oh yes, definitely,  to keep on learning and growing is very important.

We know that you have recently had a book published “The Secret Box…Finding the Key” congratulations! Can you tell us a little bit about the book and how you came to write it?

When we talk about human beings in ” mass”, it becomes complex,  as humanity has different behaviours,  beliefs,  values,  traditions,  etc. My book ” THE SECRET BOX. . . FINDING THE KEY ” is a kind of self-help book, because the leading figure of this book, Maria, has opened the “Padlocks of Life” (you can read all about this in the “Padlocks” chapters). She has found her keys and is still finding them, as I believe that human beings are learning,  challenging and evaluating processes everyday of their lives. 

The book has been written to appeal to three types of readers: it touches on the Brazilian, Spanish and Irish cultures that have influenced both my research and my own life experiences.  I am Brazilian and moved to Ireland in March 2007 to seek new adventures and experience new cultures. 

What are you most looking forward to next in your new career as a Psychologist, speaker and author?

Well it took me 3 years to write this book and hopefully it will pay off!  I published my book on the 17th of October and I have sold nearly 400 books so far.  It meant a lot to me personally, as a  foreign national, that I had 4 positive reviews by Irish readers of my book  – I guess that I have been really lucky.

I’m looking forward to you all finding your own key!

The Secret Box…Finding the Key

Want to Know More?

You can find Michelle’s book “The Secret Box…Finding the Key” online or on her Facebook page.

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Haunted Home Study Halloween Offer

Kilroy’s College has just launched a haunted home study Halloween offer and to mark the occasion we have out together a short guide of some of the most haunted places in Ireland.  Prepared to be scared! Very scared….

7 Most Haunted Homes In Ireland

  1. Leap Castle

Ireland’s Leap Castle is widely regarded as the most haunted castle in the world! Many thousands of ghost hunters travel to the castle each year, attracted by the haunting tales that surround it.

Leap Castle

Leap castle is said to be haunted by an entity known simply as ‘it’. The entity is said to be about the size of a sheep, with a terrible decaying face. Whenever ‘it’ appears there is usually an accompanying smell of decaying flesh sulphur.

  1. The Hell Fire Club

The Hell Fire Club is an old hunting lodge that dates back to 1725. Although now derelict and burnt out, it is built on a Neolithic passage tomb and in the past, was used by Lords and noblemen for meetings and rituals to conjure up demons and even old Nick himself.

Hell Fire Club
  1. Malahide Castle

The oldest part of Malahide Castle dates back to the 12th century and it was the home of the Talbot family for over seven hundred years.

The castle has had a very long and betimes, dark history. The most memorable event took place during the Battle of Boyne when fourteen members of the Talbot family sat down for breakfast together and by dinner time they were all dead!

Malahide Castle
  1. Cork District Lunatic Asylum

Built in 1798 by William Saunders Hallaran, it has been reported that the St. Kevin’s Hospital building still rings with the screams of former inmates. The derelict area of the asylum is particularly haunted. Visiting paranormal researchers and experts have not only witnessed manifestations of these trapped spirits, but have also recorded their voices via EVP.

Cork District Lunatic Asylum
  1. Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol was in use from 1796 until 1924 when the jail closed for the final time.

Among the ghosts and other phenomena reported to have been seen and heard at Kilmainham Gaol are disembodied voices, phantom footsteps, lights switching themselves on and off, unexplained bangs, and people being pushed by unseen hands. Children often become upset and can refuse to enter the building and some visitors report a general feeling of being watched.

  1. Ballygally Castle Hotel

This hotel sports a resident ghost – Lady Isobel Shaw. She is said to have fallen to her death from the window of a room after she was chastised by her husband for not giving birth to a baby boy. Her room is now known as the Ghost Room, and is no longer offered to hotel guests.

The Haunted Room
  1. Loftus Hall

Loftus Hall is a mansion located on Hook Peninsula which is said to be haunted by the devil himself. One dark and stormy night, Sir Charles Tottenham was hosting a card game at Loftus Hall when a stranger came to the door. The visitor was wet through and was looking to shelter from the storm.  Sir Charles bid the man inside and kindly invited him to join the card game.

However, one of the women present at the game dropped her cards and as she bent down to pick them up from under the table she was horrified to see that the man had blood-soaked cloven hooves in place of feet! He is said to have then revealed his true form to those gathered and he then shot through the roof and disappeared. It is said that his presence still haunts Loftus Hall to this very day.

Loftus Hall

Our home study courses do not contain any drama or unpleasant shocks so don’t be afraid to enrol today!  Just so you don’t get any surprises, here is what you can expect to get, when you enrol as a distance learning student on one of our 65+ different courses.

  • Personal, expert tutor to guide you through your course
  • Professional Student Services team to assist you with any administration needs
  • Self-paced study course – delivered online or by correspondence
  • Study pack couriered to your door
  • Access to our online student community where you can exchange tips and information with other students on your course
  • A sense of well-being and self-confidence from learning a new skill and achieving your ambition

Don’t miss out this Halloween – enrol today and get started on your learning journey!