Other Courses and why Psychology was the right one for me.

With the UCAS deadline rapidly approaching (January 15th is the deadline for applications for the majority of courses) I thought I’d reflect on the other courses I considered when applying to university.

History

My 1st choice of degree course for a long time (right the way through high school) was history. I’ve always been a history buff and got an A in it at GCSE and C at A-level. So I looked at the history courses at a number of universities including UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire), York, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan and Bradford. But then I failed my AS history first time around and whilst my teacher let me re-sit, he did tell me I needed another choice (a plan b) of degree course when applying to university.

Archaeology 

This coincided with my love of History and I grew up watching the program Time Team (a group of archaeologists who go around the country digging up various sites of archaeological interest) so I looked at archaeology at UCLAN, York and both Manchester universities. However I decided it was not for me when I read the first few pages of an A-level textbook my dad bought me to help me decided whether it was really for me. Needless to say I wouldn’t have enjoyed being on my hands and knees digging up fields in all weathers.

Why Psychology?

This then brings me onto the course I of course ended up studying at degree level. Psychology. Psychology was the right course for me. I’ve widened my knowledge of psychology in terms of theory and research methodologies since starting at Edge Hill 2 1/2 years ago (almost) and more importantly my career choices are so much wider than if I’d done History or Archaeology because I’ve picked up skills like research skills, data analysis as well as enhanced my oral and written communication, time management, team work and organisation skills. All of which are prized by employers and if all goes according to plan I should be working full time this time next year 🙂

Anyway this is my last blog as a twenty year old (I turn twenty one on wednesday!) but in the meantime make sure the course your applying for is the right one for you. You don’t want to end up picking a course only to regret it later on.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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Flat 49 Christmas Tree

So Christmas is fast approaching and everyday we are getting more and more involved in the festive spirit. During my first year we decided that we would take a day and recreate Christmas, in order for us to celebrate it together. We made our own Christmas dinner, bought secret Santa presents and had a day of Christmas films and music. This year we kept up with our newly founded tradition and recreated our Christmas again.

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Year 1- Christmas Dinner
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2nd year- Christmas Dinner

But Christmas isn’t the only date fast approaching. UCAS DEADLINE is on the 15th January 2015 and if I were you, I’d get your UCAS form done ASAP. Who wants to spend Christmas worrying about personal statements? I wouldn’t.

When it comes to personal statements, I’d try and make it as original as possible. Personally I’d make a plan. Not only does this help for the structure, but it also allows you to include all your key points. Keep your paragraphs focused and try not to divert off onto random topics. Make sure you watch your word count and how many lines you have. UCAS have strict guidelines, so make sure you stick to them!

So, get UCAS out of the way and concentrate on having an amazing time over the Christmas break. The real work begins after Christmas making sure you achieve the results you want and getting into the uni of your choice (Edge Hill, obviously!).

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Until next time…:)

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Secret Santa