My confidence-boosting student experience is helping others

Struggling to settle in to life at another university, third year student Aimee Sullivan says she’s been given the confidence and support to make a success of University here. Now in her third year at the University, she believes the facilities, welfare support and the quality of the teaching has developed her belief in her ability.

Aimee Sulivan is studying a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology.
Aimee Sulivan is studying a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology.

Having struggled to settle in to life at another university, Aimee Sullivan found our Psychology BSc (Hons) course to be the perfect fit for her.

“When I arrived, I had very low confidence, self-esteem and little to no knowledge of what psychology was,” explains Aimee.

“Thanks to the wellbeing staff, I got help and a diagnosis of General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). My confidence has also grown massively because the Psychology lecturers are so approachable and friendly. No question is a stupid question.

“What sets this University above others, is engaging teaching and incredible facilities,” adds Aimee.

Another thing that’s impressed the third-year student is how flexible the course programme is. Undergraduates spend their first two years mixing and matching multiple aspects of psychology. It means they develop all the skills needed to study at University as well getting a taster of what they want to study in their final year.

“I really like the flexibility of the course, where you can study various types of psychology before your third year,” says Aimee.

“This was especially important for me as I had never studied psychology at all. And, as I was on a Foundation Entry Psychology Degree, I also got support in academic writing.”

Aimee now helps other students, as she explains:

“I’ve been involved in giving the student experience talk at Open Days and Applicant Days and with the pilot for the Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) scheme. PASS has allowed me to help other students with their academic work as well as settling into University. It’s also meant I’ve benefitted from training, not offered elsewhere, to perfect my communication, organisational, presenting and social skills as well as my confidence.”

Her top tip for making the most of University life is to take every opportunity that is offered and not to be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. And she says, get to know your lecturers, they’re not going to bite, and you’ll get better help if they know who you are.