Risha Haria

Current student

Subject area

Loughborough has inspired me to be the well-rounded person I’ve always strived to be. I have learned so much about myself and the world, and I wouldn’t trade my experience for anything.

I chose to study psychology at Loughborough because it is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the UK, with high student satisfaction ratings.

In addition to the vibrant student community, there are a variety of extra-curricular activities to participate in, which both further your skills and give you the opportunity to socialise - there is something to interest everyone.

The range of optional modules that you can choose from allows you to widen your skill set and open doors to many different career options. I secured a placement in Educational Psychology, and I am looking forward to practising the skills I have learned at university and helping people that need it.

Risha Haria

The support I’ve received during my studies has been great. The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences considers feedback from students during and after each module and are quick to implement this. The teaching staff are always very supportive, and they answer questions posted on forums swiftly and in depth.

I have particularly enjoyed attending practical workshops and tutorials, where I’ve been able to apply what I’ve learned to different situations. Smaller class sizes during workshops and tutorials also means that you’re able to refine your academic skills, ask any questions you may have and receive feedback on the quality of your work.

Another thing I love about my course is the option to pick a language module. After completing a semester of French with the Language Centre, I have realised how many benefits it has, including improved communication skills and enhanced cultural awareness.

In addition to academic support, throughout my time at university the Careers Network has been helpful in developing my professional skills. Having a dedicated Placement Officer who is insightful and provides personalised guidance and weekly bulletins made it so easy to find placements and has also been a valuable resource.

As I plan to pursue a career in clinical psychology, the activities I take part in at Loughborough alongside my academics have been invaluable.

I volunteer for SHOUT, and I had the opportunity to attend Mental Health First Aid training. I also represent the university at The British Psychological Society. Through these experiences, I have learned valuable skills that I hope to apply in professional settings soon.

I am also part of the International Students’ Network committee as one of the Media & Communications Officers. My role includes the creation of digital content such as images, videos, and story posts to advertise events, celebrate holidays and unite diverse cultures. As an international student from Kenya, I was inspired to volunteer in this area because I experienced first-hand the culture shock, change and homesickness coming to the UK. I wanted to help other students who are in the same situation that I was.

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