BSc (Hons) Psychology
As a mature international student, Aga juggled family responsibilities with studying in a second language. In doing so, the support she received from the psychology lecturing team and fellow students was second-to-none, and Aga loved the inclusivity, diversity and student-centred approach that is central to Cumbria. Read on to find out about Aga’s successes at Cumbria.
I chose to study at the University of Cumbria after I attended the University of Cumbria Open Day. Before, I considered two other universities, but the atmosphere, friendly and supportive staff and general first impression of Cumbria helped me make my final decision. Also, as a mature student with dependent children, I wanted to stay locally.
I decided to study psychology because I found this subject fascinating. Since I remember, I was always curious about how the human brain works, how people become who they are, why they are so different and how they develop relationships with others. Also, I met numerous individuals across my lifespan who struggled with their mental health. My close family and friends had PTSD, BPD, MDD, Anxiety, Bipolar and OCD. I anticipated that studying psychology would help me understand these conditions and support people struggling with mental health. Finally, as a mother of three teenage children, I hoped that an applied psychology course would provide me with a better understanding of their development, behaviour, and emotions.
My educational journey was challenging but extremely rewarding. Since day one, I have put much effort and time into every module and assignment. As an international student, I initially found it challenging to study in the English language. Also, I am a mature student, and because of that, I was scared that other students would not accept me. I was wrong. I received terrific support from my peers and the psychology team. After receiving grades for the first assignments, I realised that I was more than capable of studying in English. I started to believe in myself.
The lectures during the first year of university were delivered online because of Covid-19. I must admit that this situation negatively impacted the social aspect of the university. However, in terms of time management and flexibility, it was beneficial. The lecturers were very helpful and understanding, delivering the programme to a high standard. The assessment support during all three years was priceless. The presentations were highly challenging, as I felt unconfident in public acts. However, the lecturers and my fellow students were supportive, sympathetic, and encouraging.
I received terrific support from my peers and the psychology team... The lecturers were very helpful and understanding, delivering the programme to a high standard. The assessment support during all three years was priceless.
Inclusivity, diversity, mutual respect, and a student-centred approach.
Juggling the university workload with my private life as a single mum. Good time management was crucial for me.
Overcoming cultural and language barriers and producing high-standard academic work. Finally, my most notable achievement is graduating from the University of Cumbria with a first-class bachelor’s degree in applied psychology.
As I mentioned above, good time management is crucial, do not leave assignments for the last moment, also attend all lectures, do not hesitate to ask if you do not understand something or need extra help, be honest with your lecturers, and read, read, read.