October 22, 2019, by khyx2lyn

The power and excitement of new beginnings!

This piece is submitted by Vartika Khandelwal and Nurin Hanna binti Norazhar, our first year psychology students reporting for the blog! This piece is slated to be part of an ongoing series on our blog looking at the concepts of beginnings and new starts.

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been”― Rainer Maria Rilke

Starting a new year at university can be daunting and exciting at the same time but for the University of Nottingham’s Psychology students, it is always like a cool breeze on a humid day.

When interviewed on the beginning this autumn semester anew Psychology students across years showed the same excitement. Jonas Ho Chan Wai, a first-year Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience student reports that he is very excited to begin a new chapter and study his favourite subject for 3 years, but that it is overwhelming at the same time since there is so much to do already. Having done Foundation at UNM, he finds it comparatively easy to stick to a schedule and finds the first-year lessons very engaging.

Siddhaarth Muthukkaruppan, second-year Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience student says he is trying to get the grove of the second year since the first year was not too hectic for him. He is looking forward to many forthcoming events and talks and advises first year students to study hard but also take ample time to relax since it can all get a little stressful at times. He plans to carry forward the same motivation and effort to ace his second year.

Harini Sankar, a third-year Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience student was very nostalgic when asked about her student life at UNM so far. She expresses how the feeling that this will be her last year hasn’t sunk in yet and she feels very emotional now that she shall be bidding adieu to the campus and her friends. Since this is the most crucial year of the degree, she plans to give her 100% in completing the final year project. Having done a project on a new research topic over the summer, the subject matter sparked her interest and she plans to let the third year take its course before she decides what’s next in line for her after graduating. She advises first-year students to make notes for statistics and go over them regularly since this technique is very helpful.

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