I am currently about to begin my third and final year of University! I am at the University of Nottingham studying Psychology. Now if you’re wondering what am I going to do with a Psychology degree? Am I going to be a psychologist? Well momentarily, no I do not have any aspiration to become a Psychologist. Now some of you are probably think why did I choose to do a degree without any aspiration to pursue a career in that field? Well let me tell you, there is a lot you can do with a degree- it does not necessarily have to be directly related and to be honest, I have had many career aspirations in my life such as wanting to be a teacher, a nurse, work with special needs children. However, I change my mind too much and therefore, I decided it was best to choose a degree in something that interests me and I enjoy so that’s what I did!
So my first two years of studying have been very eye opening. As Nottingham is roughly 2 and a half hours away from my hometown, I have met a lot of new, exciting people from all over the country and it has really improved my independence. I have realised that in life I cannot just rely on my parents for everything, I have become mentally stronger to cope with situations in life and also being able to manage my money carefully. Being at University so far has given me amazing opportunities. After completing my first year of University, I was successfully accepted on to a 2 week internship as a Marketing and Fundraising Intern at Women’s Aid Integrated Services (WAIS). WAIS is a charitable organisation run for women have been victims of domestic abuse and it was very interesting to spend two weeks surrounded by these individuals whilst also gaining some business skills as a fundraising and marketing intern. This internship made me realise that sitting in an office all day 9-5 isn’t as bad as I often thought, however I do not think it is a job I could do for life. I feel as though it was nice because of the friendly environment created by the Staff. However, I personally would prefer a job that is out of an office. Having said that, it was a valuable experience because before that internship I had a perception that an office job would be boring and I would hate it. However, even though it is not a job I would like for life, I now know I wouldn’t mind it as a short-term job. Then after a stressful second year, when exams actually counted towards my degree… I was successful in earning a place Volunteering in Bali for four weeks on a Mental Health Placement- something more related to my degree! Ha ha! This was an amazing, once in a lifetime experience that I am thrilled to have been offered as I got to not only gain hands on clinical experience but it was also outside western ideologies which opened my eyes to life in general. It was amazing to see how differently people live their lives and how grateful those individuals were of what would be very little to us, it was also a great experience as I stayed with a host family which helped me fully submerge into their culture.