Whilst studying we were pushed to volunteer, learn and research to become skilled practitioners.

BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology 2020 graduate Natasha Wood shares her insight into life at GCU and life after graduating from university.

I chose to study at GCU because…

GCU felt accessible and modern, similar to my college experience. I wanted to feel connected. The city centre location of the campus makes socialising easy. GCU welcomes students from underrepresented groups, which has a massive impact on equality and diversity within Scotland.

The most important aspect of my university experience has been…

The endless opportunities to reflect throughout my degree on building our competencies, skills and values. GCU has an excellent psychology faculty, which is comprised of staff who really push you to be compassionate. There’s a big focus not only on respecting peers, but considering the populations you plan to support after graduation. Whilst studying we were pushed to volunteer, learn and research to become skilled practitioners.

My biggest lesson learned so far is…

Make use of the extensive support and facilities available. The library being 24/7 during exam time is invaluable. I was able to access person-centred therapy through student wellbeing. This service being free is so important, it really helped me to develop self-care whilst juggling academic stress.

I’m proud to be part of the University for the Common Good because…

I’m proud of how well my cohort, lecturers and self handled maintaining focus during the pandemic. Everyone adapted so quickly to focusing on helping each other, sharing knowledge and wanting the best outcome possible. Adapting to new ways of working felt initially daunting, but it’s all been so worth it. I’m proud to look back on my time studying, with the most special memories.

I get my inspiration from…

I get inspired by the resilience shown by my previous colleagues working in social care, who have worked tirelessly over the past 18 months, to maintain both physiological and psychological wellbeing of residents.

My next steps look like…

Currently I’m an assistant psychologist, within a specialist dementia service. I’m finalising my clinical psychology doctorate application. I hope to use my degree to make a difference, by bridging inequality within access to mental health services.

Thank you to Natasha for sharing her GCU experience, if you would like to share your #GCUGradStory visit: https://bit.ly/3C4zNqY 

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