BSc (Hons) Psychology and Childhood Studies (with Foundation Year)
“I decided to choose my course as I studied Psychology at college and found I have a natural interest in trying to understand human behaviour and why we do the things we do and feel the emotions we feel. In addition to this, in the summer of 2018 I worked on a summer camp for children in America. I had to take care of a group of 10-year-old girls and found that I love to work with children. This is where I learnt that my career goal is to help make children as happy as the little tribe of girls were at the camp.
I decided Newman was the best university for me, which has been the right choice, I know a number of people that have chosen to study here and always sung Newman’s praises. When I saw the University campus it felt inviting and none intimidating, I loved the fact the campus was very quiet and quaint.
The course is above and beyond my original expectations. Tutors, personal tutors and learning support staff are very welcoming and supportive. Due to the pandemic I originally had concerns about the delivery of the course, despite this it has been outstanding with many opportunities to have your voice heard if you feel as though you are struggling or have any improvements ideas that could be made. There is constant support available, for example workshops, one to one meetings and writing mentors. You are always reminded about these services and made to feel that it’s not negative or embarrassing to use the services but a positive and welcomed service to use, which has been vital to my first year.
My favourite thing about my course is the content of the foundation year topics. They have really been interesting and have opened my eyes to many viewpoints in subjects and issues such as gender, race and class, which I most likely wouldn’t have if I didn’t study the foundation year. I also appreciate the skill set that I have been taught and believe it will help me succeed within my chosen degree. My favourite thing about Newman as a whole is the sense of community and the support systems available, which has done me wonders throughout my first year.
The staff within both the Foundation Year and Psychology departments have been so supportive and welcoming, they care for how you are feeling and progressing. They always give the time to listen to any queries and concerns. Despite the ongoing pandemic I have been able to develop professional relationships with my tutor and fellow peers which has enabled me to be comfortable to ask for advice when needed.
My advice to future Newman students is don’t be afraid to ask for help and use the many of the support services available at Newman as they are instructive, informed and welcoming. Many of my peers and I have had positive and helpful experiences using many of the support services.
Finally, I would like to thank Newman for making my first year brilliant and I’m very excited and pleased to spend the next few years studying at this university. Furthermore, I’m proud to be a student at Newman.”