Zara Roddis – BSc (Hons) Psychology

“Plymouth University had a great programme for placements (and it is really crucial that you get practical experience) and has allowed me to explore different options going forward in psychology.”

What is the most difficult thing which you have faced at university?

The thing that I have found the most challenging about university life is juggling assignments and free time. I love to be fully engaged in my work, which means that my social life can take a step back and I have less time to spend on my hobbies. Striking up a balance is difficult but crucial if you’re going to make it through those three or four years.

What is the best, most exciting or fun thing that you have done at university?

The most exciting thing that I have done at university is getting to plan, work on, and see the end of a project and using the data for real world applications which, hopefully, may change the world. It’s the real world benefits that make studying a degree so important and which makes studying at Plymouth so instructive.

Imagine you were about to start university again - with the benefit of hindsight - what would you now tell yourself to have done differently?

I would have started my course a little earlier, as I initially enrolled on a different course. With the benefit of hindsight, I could have gone straight onto the Psychology course; but, at least this way, I knew for definite that Psychology was the course for me.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to do the same degree as you?

My advice would be to really take some time out and research each of the modules that are available on a course, to make sure they align with your interests. It will also really help if you are able to do a little bit of background research about the topics, to make sure that you know a little about the subject before starting the degree. This knowledge will really help solidify learning before you even step into the lecture hall.

How has studying at Plymouth helped you?

Plymouth University had a great programme for placements (and it is really crucial that you get practical experience) and has allowed me to explore different options going forward in psychology (which, again, is very important as I now have a better understanding of what I can accomplish and how to get there).

What lessons/skills have you gained from your course?

I have really learnt and developed my practical skills and been able to undertake a proper piece of research. This has many benefits in a multiple of fields, like cognitive and even sustainability research.

Have you undertaken a placement during your degree and if so, how did this benefit you?

I’ve not undertaken a specific placement but, for my degree, I have had the ability to undertake practical modules, including computer programming and sustainability: both of which have great applications for personal development.

Would you recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University, and why?

I would definitely recommend studying at Plymouth University because it’s based in such a beautiful area, the staff members in services such as The Hub and the Writing Cafe are lovely, and the lecturers are to go above and beyond to help you succeed.

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