FYI – Foundation Year Investigates

What is your name and what are you studying?

My name is Bev Nzima and I’m studying BSc Psychology and Childhood Studies.

Why did you choose your course?

The reason I chose this course was because I love being able to be a part of children’s development in early years, this is where their education is most fundamental and paramount. Many people don’t think that the first few years in children’s lives are when their most impressionable and therefore they need positive role models around that will make positive impact to their young lives.

What’s been the highlight of your studies so far?

The highlight of my studies so far would have to be the support that I was given by my personal tutor as well as other lecturers. As a first-year foundation student, I had anxiety and stress due to being alone in an unfamiliar city with no friends and family close by it was nerve racking. The first 2 weeks before lectures started were difficult, although I had made friends, I was still faced with the fear of going onto campus and meeting other people and sitting in the lecture rooms. However, after going to my first on campus session I was relieved because I was given plenty support and I was able to settle in well. I was able to actively participate and give my input in the lessons which I thoroughly enjoy.

What do you think is unique to the Newman experience?

What I think is unique about the Newman Experience is the adaptability of every lecture. My university experience started when the pandemic had first started. This meant that many things were not the normal university experience I had anticipated. I think that the balance between online sessions and on-campus sessions were very helpful because I got a taste of what being on campus was like. There is plenty of support for students both online and on-campus.

Knowing what you know now, what would you have told yourself at the start of your foundation year?

Knowing what I know now, I would have been less worried and anxious. I was panicking thinking I would not be receiving any support at all and that I would be left on my own to do everything myself. I was completely wrong because the support was overwhelming, just because it is higher education it doesn’t mean it has to be difficult and it doesn’t mean you have to completely alone on this journey. If had known that everyone would be supportive and willing to help, I don’t think I would have had so much anxiety to start lectures and to be on campus.

Where do you want to go next?

I would like to continue with my journey in higher education. When I complete my 3 years of my bachelor’s degree, I would like to do a master’s degree focusing on one specific part of psychology so I can expand my understanding on my passion. I would also like to be able to venture into the psychology field and explore other avenues that are within psychology because I feel as though psychology is quite a broad spectrum and there are many fields to dive into. As I progress further in my journey of education, I’m hoping that each year I can experience different types of psychology, I feel like this will help solidify what I would like to major in.

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