Hometown: Athens, Greece 

Year of Course: 3

 

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 been always interested in the field of psychology. I found it to be a very challenging area within science subjects, which is why I chose this course. I particularly chose to study abroad because I love travelling and I wanted to spend my studying years in another country, although I do miss home terribly!

My other hobbies are related to psychology, as I volunteer part-time either on the research laboratory, or for mental health projects and communities, such as Changes in Musselburgh. I am always excited to gain further knowledge around different areas within this field of science.

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

Scotland, and specifically, Edinburgh is an amazing destination historically and culturally, which is why I considered it a first choice when filling in my application.

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

Queen Margaret University has a respectable ranking in terms of its psychology course and has received positive feedback from previous students, which made me pick it as a choice.

Living Away from Home

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

I am not currently living in halls, and I have never lived in there before. I have always rented an independent flat, and I could not live without my beauty products, as a lot of them are hard to find in the UK (and I do love spending time on makeup). Other thing I rely on include my laptop of course, and my headphones, as I am always trying to find time for music therapy.

If you are NOT living at home (either in halls or independent flat), what are the top three items that you packed that you wouldn’t be without?

Edinburgh has unlimited places for travellers and a huge variety of different cultures. I found any type of cuisine that I wanted, museums that explain other countries’ historical events, beautiful landscapes and gardens, and unbelievably pet-friendly resources. I have not experienced the August Festival yet, but I would be very happy to do so, as I have heard it is an amazing experience - lots of events and good times are involved in it.

Life in Edinburgh – what’s the best experience you’ve had so far in Edinburgh? Are there any hidden ‘gems’ you’d like to share?

I do not know whether these would be considered hidden gems, but the museum “Camera Obscura” is very entertaining, the Royal Botanic Gardens makes for a great picnic spot, Edinburgh Zoo is a beautiful experience if you are interested in biology and animals, Chaopraya is one of the best Thai restaurants you would ever expect (although pricey), and George Street is heaven for shopping therapy.

"I do believe that workshops, seminars and volunteering in the laboratory have made it the best experience, as a student gets to learn the “practical” part of psychology; theory is exciting, but the engagement in real-life scenarios and “applying” the knowledge make it really impressive."
Marianna Michailidou

The Course

Did you attend an Open Day? If so was there any aspect of the University which made up your mind for you?

Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to attend an Open Day, as the date would conflict with the Greek examinations.

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

I do believe that workshops, seminars and volunteering in the laboratory have made it the best experience, as a student gets to learn the “practical” part of psychology; theory is exciting, but the engagement in real-life scenarios and “applying” the knowledge make it really impressive.

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

Start early on volunteering; third and fourth year are unfortunately very busy years, so you run out of time if you wish to gain experience and knowledge in order to figure out the field you are interested in.

Any future plans after graduation?

My plans would be to work/volunteer for one year in a mental health setting to gain further experience and then hopefully moving onto a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

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’m not involved into any societies, but I have been the student representative in the Division of Psychology and Sociology in the Student Parliament and I have been a class representative each year for my course, which have all got me involved into many activities and improved my social skills; these roles have definitely helped me with time management as well, as it keeps my schedule busy and there is no time for procrastination.

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

I think getting involved into anything that seems interesting would be a good tip – I have always tried to participate in any event that has come up and it always turns out to be much more fun that I originally expected. Most of them are free as well, which is very helpful as student life can be very expensive.

 

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