5 Things I Didn’t Expect From My Psychology Degree

psychologyWorking on yet another tough but interesting assignment, I couldn’t help but reflect on how much the reality of this course differs from my initial expectations upon starting Uni almost 1 and a half years ago. Here are 5 things I did not expect from my Psychology degree:

  1. SO. MANY. STATS. I was prepared for a little but oh my, I never could have prepared myself for this much. Fortunately I think I am just about getting to grips with the horrendous amount I have to learn (why are there so many tests anyway?!) – I just hope I manage the stats element in my dissertation.
  2. The infinite number of areas of Psychology. There really is A LOT. So much in fact I am forever changing which area interests me most or what field I would like to pursue. I am forever learning about new branches of this amazing subject and left in awe every time, making me question whether I will ever settle on a favourite.
  3. The super strict guidelines for referencing and writing lab reports. Of course I expected referencing and scientific writing but I never could have been prepared for the extent this is drilled into us every assignment. Personally I think this is kinda ridiculous as not even published reports are 100% perfect but it is reassuring that I’m being constantly taught the correct writing style early on in my Psychology career.
  4. How complicated the brain really is. I have had 3 biology modules and each time learn so many new things, and I am still learning now. It is super hard but fascinating at the same time, and I never imagined there to be so much to learn.
  5. How much in life is started by Psychology. The amount of work done by Psychology professionals, or people with just a little bit of background is amazing. When starting this degree I knew it was pretty universal but, I never imagined it to be applicable to so many areas.

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