Felicity chose to study Psychology as a mature student, find out how she found the experience and what her next steps are.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To be open-minded and willing to change. I've also been able to develop a sense of self-belief in my academic ability.
I really feel part of the team studying at the UoC, I’m embraced and accepted for just being me, which feels hugely liberating.
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.