Felicity chose to study Psychology as a mature student, find out how she found the experience and what her next steps are.
Why did you choose Cumbria?
Initially I chose the UoC because it was my local university. This meant it would be easy for me to access all of the university’s facilities whilst living off-campus.
Why did you choose to study Psychology?
I would describe myself as socially curious – I find people fascinating! In all of my previous roles, the aspects I have enjoyed the most always have involved talking to people. Completing a degree has always been an ambition of mine, and as such doing a degree in applied psychology has ticked a lot of boxes for me.
What barriers have you had to overcome in your education journey so far?
My A-levels were a bit of a disaster, but since completing my A-levels, I gained further qualifications and worked within the NHS. Cumbria saw past my rather disastrous A-level results, recognised my enthusiasm and gave me a chance.
How did the university help you through your studies?
My student experience is nothing like the impersonal experience my friends have had at other universities. My university cohort had about 23 students in my year, meaning I have built strong professional relationships with my peers and the lecturers. There is a strong sense of mutual respect between students and lecturers, and it is not uncommon for students and lecturers to collaborate together on a piece of research.
E-mails are always answered, my lecturers are always on hand to support me both academically and pastorally and the psychology technicians are always available to offer technical support.
I feel part of the team, I feel I’m encouraged to be me, to share my thoughts and I feel I am really thriving in this environment.
What are the most important things you've learnt whilst on your course?
To be open-minded and willing to change. I've also been able to develop a sense of self-belief in my academic ability.
What do you like most about studying at Cumbria?
I really feel part of the team studying at the UoC, I’m embraced and accepted for just being me, which feels hugely liberating.
What are your plans when you graduate?
I plan to apply for the NHS graduate scheme and also the Department of Health and Social Care Health Policy Fast Track Scheme. Plan B will involve doing a masters whilst either volunteering or doing paid employment. Ultimately, I feel my ideal role would enable me to see the ‘bigger picture and better understand the complexities of life.