Name and course:
Amrita Bains, BSc Psychology
Cognitive Neuroscience, Aston University
Research Assistant, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
Why did you choose to study at Aston?
I chose to study at Aston because of the placement year which was part of the Undergraduate Psychology course, I wanted to ensure that when I do apply for graduate jobs in the future that I had some work experience alongside my degree qualification, to help me stand out from the crowd.
How did the quality of teaching and student support enhance your time at Aston?
The student support I had at Aston were phenomenal, from the careers department who helped me go abroad to the lecturers I had across my course, everyone helped you reach your aspirational goals, this is why I had decided to return for postgraduate education at Aston.
What was the highlight of your time at Aston?
The highlight of my time at Aston were the friendships that I had made, my friends at Aston helped make the difficult times much easier and I know that these friendships will last a lifetime.
How do you feel your placement prepared you for your future career?
My placement was the first time in my life I was truly independent, living abroad for 10 months, this allowed me to grow as a person. The placement role was in neuropsychology, this pushed me to want to study this area further and provided me the experience I needed to be accepted on a Cognitive Neuroscience Master's Course at Aston University.
What was the highlight of your placement experience?
The best thing about my placement abroad was embracing a new culture, learning more about Latin America, making new friends from all over the world, this placement helped me develop personally and allowed me to have amazing experiences and memories.
Were you involved in any student societies or extra-curricular activities that you feel added to your Aston experience?
No, living at home I didn't get involved in many societies, although now I wish I had.
How did you find the Aston campus experience?
Aston Campus was perfect for me, as everything was all in one spot, it was easy to get from one place to another, this worked out well for me to plan my day, if I wanted to go to the library before a lecture or if I wanted to grab some coffee before I started my day.
What was the best thing about being a student in Birmingham?
As Aston University is located near the town centre, this allowed me to live my student life to the fullest. You could easily go in to the town centre for lunch or some shopping during your breaks and the town centre is amazing for nightlife, you never have a bored moment!
What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying at Aston?
Enjoy your first year, then the hard work begins!
What would be your top recommendation to new students on what to do or see in Birmingham?
I would definitely recommend to students to enjoy the nightlife in Birmingham, as there is always something to do, especially go to broad street for the nightlife and don't be afraid to go Digbeth! Brindley Place is always good for a first date!
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice as a first year student, what would it be?
Don't stress as much, everything works out in the end, just enjoy your time being a student.
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