When I dropped out of university after first term at aged 18, I honestly believed that I was not destined to go into further study. Instead, I decided to explore lots of other options. However, after training racehorses, teaching English abroad, chalet hosting on the slopes and a popped eardrum (turns out I’m not destined to be a scuba diving instructor, either…) I was welcomed back into education with open arms by Cardiff Metropolitan University which left me questioning why I hadn’t come here the first time around.
I think the best word to describe my first year at Cardiff Met is by far, “supportive”. No matter how small or large the problem is, the lecturers always go above and beyond to help resolve the issue! Not solely for academic troubles either, there are fantastic wellbeing and career support structures available too.
With the course encapsulating such a wide variety of people, from students straight from school, to those who have had a couple years out like myself, to mature students with children, there are resources to suit everybody’s needs.
The greatest thing about Psychology, for me, is that is so applicable to everyday life. Wherever you go, you will be able to pick up on certain behaviours that consolidate things which you have learnt in lectures. Subsequently, this makes revising so much easier because it enables you to use Psychology in a real life setting and understand the content with much more depth.
The course here at Cardiff Met covers such a broad range of modules and allows you to see Psychology from so many different angels and perspectives. Returning to education, I spent a lot of time contemplating different courses and scrutinising universities in the hope that I wouldn’t want to drop out again. I am so pleased that I chose Cardiff Met, not only for the course but for the amazing support that comes hand in hand. In second year, you have the chance to do a placement in a real-life working environment – which is so handy for your CV and enhances career prospects after you graduate! One of the main reasons why I chose Psychology.
Cardiff is also a fabulous city with everything you would need and want! It is so cheap, and the nightlife is exhilarating with so many students spread over three universities. Even if you don’t fancy clubbing, there are numerous alternatives: from cocktail bars with live music, pubs, indoor and outdoor activities such as mini golf, comedy clubs, indoor water sports and ski slopes, to beautiful parks to cycle / run in! Whatever you like to do, Cardiff can accommodate it. Welsh people are super friendly, too!
Cardiff Met has given me a second opportunity to really enjoy my degree which I am so thankful for, and I have found a passion for Psychology alongside learning lifelong skills. Even if I decide not to go further into the Psychology route after I graduate, I know that I can apply what I’ve learnt to so many other fields such as education, marketing, business and much more!