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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Tips for Decorating on a Student budget

 

The excitement of uni and being able to decorate your very own place from scratch can be quickly diminished by the thought of the little money you will actually have to make your ‘dream’ place. Here are some tips to still fulfil your decor needs without breaking the bank.

  1. Firstly, pick a colour scheme/theme and stick to it. It can be hard to change your plans to fit the stuff you find but, sticking to specific colours can actually help you save money and stop temptation to purchase all the other great decor finds you may come across.
  2. Shop smart. Find the cheapest places for good, affordable decor; I’m talking Primark, ASDA, Sainsburys, Poundland, eBay. Starting this shop in early summer can give you as much time as possible to gather your supplies before term starts.
  3. Fairy lights are an essential for making a room feel homely and my top tip for this is; avoid battery powered like the plague. Especially if you’re in halls and electric bills are not a concern. Mains powered lights will surprisingly save a lot of money in the long run and, you can still get cheap and super nice lights this way.
  4. Get creative. It is amazing what can be done with bits of fabric and a Youtube tutorial. DIY to your hearts content; bunting, cushions, anything and everything you can think of will be made with  (hopefully) minimal effort at little expense!
  5. Print off a lot of pictures – sites such as Snap Fish offer great deals for first time buyers – often you only need to pay postage. The chances are you will have a notice board already in your room (if not I recommend getting one) and a pictures are a great way to instantly brighten up your space. Another idea which I’ve done is get some string and pegs (will be super cheap) and simply hang pictures up!
  6. If your uni has a poster sale, go. I managed to get some great posters at an absolute steal in my first few weeks of uni. They often have a wide selection too so there should be something for everyone!

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Tips for settling into university life

Ok, it is over halfway into the first term so this info is probably irrelevant for the current year. However, there is always opportunity to almost re-settle again after the Christmas holidays. Also, I hope these tips will be helpful for coming years.

Firstly, the almighty doorstop is a great tool at making sure you meet your new flatmates as soon as they arrive. Although, don’t be disheartened if you don’t spill your life stories on the first weekend – everyone needs time to unpack and settle in.

Introduce yourself to the other flats in your block/house!!!! I can’t stress this enough, the first person to knock/ring the bell will always leave a good impression as a friendly, sociable and approachable being. Also, if possible, arrange a flat party or pre-drinks within the first week.

Freshers – well, most of you will be drunk and in your prime sociable state anyway so this will be a breeze but, if like me you don’t drink alot then just introduce yourself to everyone and join in with the merry spirit, effort goes a long way!

When it comes to lectures, it’s a great opportunity to spot someone who is your cup of tea and instantly hit it off. Also seminars, whilst waiting outside a good classic starting line is “Are you here for **** class?”. Then, go and sit with them, introduce yourself and pray that they live somewhere near you so you can walk to classes together!

Just remember that everybody will be in the same boat as you and wanting to meet as many new people as possible and make friends so will be more than willing to co-operate in your conversational attempts.

Hope this has helped! 🙂

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Applying for University – my experience

The first step (for many) into real, proper adulthood – ahh! Only being in my second year, I can still remember my college years so well, especially the long and somewhat tiring process of applying to university, something that was well worth the effort as now I could not be happier in my decision. Hopefully by sharing my experience I can take the stress off for those who are applying to uni in coming years.  Continue reading