Hometown: Växjö, Sweden.

Year of Course: 4

 

About You

Tell us a little about yourself such as your hobbies/interests that are related or not related to your course of study 

I have a big passion for feminism, something that I have the opportunity to explore both in and outside my course. On the side of my studies I also run a lifestyle blog, it acts as a creative outlet and a place where I can publish my writing and photography.

How did you come to choose this course and why QMU? 

I originally studied the single honours course in Psychology, but as I had sociology modules on the side of the psychology modules in first and second year I realised how beneficial the combination of the two subjects are, as you get to study human behaviour from different perspectives, and decided to change to the joint degree in Psychology & Sociology.

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland? 

I wanted to study in an English speaking country.

Living Away from Home

If you are living in halls what’s the best part? 

I lived in halls during my first year and it was a great experience. Although I didn’t know anyone when I moved to Scotland, living in halls meant that I met a lot of new people, many of whom became my closest friends.

What are the top three items that you packed that you wouldn’t be without? 

The three things that I packed that I wouldn’t be without are:

  1. My camera (so I could document my life in Edinburgh).
  2. Warm clothes (because I knew the Scottish winds would have no mercy).
  3. Cheese slicer (because the Scandinavian way of cutting cheese is the only way to cut cheese!) 
"The highlight of the Psychology & Sociology degree is definitely that you have the opportunity to tailor the course after your own interests. As I have a strong interest in feminism, I have been able to focus on a gendered perspective in the majority of my modules."
Jennifer Stroud Johansson

The Course

I absolutely adore Edinburgh - it’s such a beautiful city with something for everyone. I really appreciate all the green areas, Arthur’s Seat being my favourite retreat from the city buzz. Also, the many art galleries never disappoint, and there are many cosy cafés where you can escape the cold winds.

What’s been the highlight of the course so far? What have you learnt, or which particular activity has been the most interesting?  

The highlight of the Psychology & Sociology degree is definitely that you have the opportunity to tailor the course after your own interests. As I have a strong interest in feminism, I have been able to focus on a gendered perspective in the majority of my modules. Also the teachers are very supportive and engaging, and they are there for you when you need them.

Any advice for students who might be interested in this course? 

Don’t be scared to voice your opinions and don’t always go for the safe topics - it’s fun to be critical and to challenge yourself.

Any future plans after graduation?

I plan to continue studying after graduating from QMU, I want to read a master’s in gender studies and thereafter continue to a PhD.

Life as a Student at QMU

Are you a member of a QMU club or society? If so, what was the reason behind your choice and what do you enjoy most about it? 

I’ve been involved in a lot of societies during my time at QMU, and I am currently the president of the Photography Society. It is a great way to meet new people outside your course who share the same interests as you, and it’s also a good opportunity to learn new things and cultivate your interests.

What’s your ‘top tip’ for making the most of being a student? 

Step out of your comfort zone, and say ‘yes’ even if you don’t dare to. Use your time wisely, and ask for help when you need it.

 

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