Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. This week we have the second chapter of Philo’s story of why International Students should study Psychology. Within this article, Philo gives us his insight into what attracted him to Psychology from his background of being an athlete. This article is amazing for all you international students looking to pursue a career in Psychology. We hope you enjoy this article as much as we did.
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Hi, it’s Philo from the PsychAssist team again to talk about the second part of “Why Study Psychology in the UK”.
Last time I spoke about how to prepare before you actually go to the UK for any course as an international student. In this article, I will share my opinion on why international students should study psychology in general.
Why psychology? I think most of our readers are either working in or studying psychology and must’ve come across this question. Psychology is like philosophy meets science; it studies the mind but we can’t really tell what people are thinking. Frankly, to some extent, it can be bullshit but very useful. You can say we make things up, but we do have scientific basis for our theories. Even though we are scientific, there is nothing to test one’s actual feeling or thoughts in the end. So why study psychology?
For me, I have lots of reasons to choose psychology, and the reasons keep adding and changing.
Buffet of Choices
When I finished my public exam in Hong Kong and found that no Universities would take me because of my bad grades (well, actually my grades were right on average grades but I don’t want to do boring subjects they offered like religious or theology). I turned to the Universities in the UK to see if there are any possibilities. This is where I found Coventry, who offered me literally ANY DEGREE THEY HAD, which means they think I am good and capable of taking any course at this university (I hope the University isn’t regretting it). By then, I felt like I was placed in a buffet and had everything to choose but Coventry had a really eye-catching subject for me which was Sports Psychology. I used to be an athlete and wanted to do sports science or education in university. I couldn’t do any sports courses in Hong Kong and thought if I do sports in the UK, I will definitely be rock bottom as I am Asian.
On top of that, SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY sounds so cool doesn’t it? When people ask me, what do you do in Uni? “Sports Psychology“! Oh, My, God, I sound like the perfect human with the strong body for sports and clever brain of psychology. No joke, that’s how I accidentally stepped into psychology, just because it sounded cool and it can match and fit into any other subject, sports, business, educational, medical, you name it.
Then throughout all the years I stayed in the degree, I came up with my second (and a bit psychotic) reason to love psychology. These reasons included, The Stanford Prison Experiment, The Learned Helplessness Experiment, Milgram’s Experiment and all the twisted experiments I came to love back in undergraduate. I know it sounds dangerous and crazy but I have to admit, I love that. Psychology keeps testing humanity, what we think we wouldn’t do or we have been told its wrong have been tested using psychology. We thought if we were the Nazi soldiers, we wouldn’t harm the Jewish people however Milgram proved us wrong. We thought we can be kind even if we were given power however the Stanford Prison proved us wrong. We are human, we are weak, psychology keeps reminding us how dangerous we can be, why we should be kind, why we should love each other. All these psycho experiments remind me of God’s teachings (I am a Christian), and how important it is to be humble and loving. That’s my second reason to choose psychology.
Finally, I came in front of that question again when I was choosing courses for my Master Degree. “I want to help people”. There was a strong mind going around my head when I was choosing my course for Master. Mostly because I was revising an animation around the time which was called, “Angel Beats!”. This Anime is a story about a world that people go to after they die, and the main character is just a normal guy and always tries his best to fulfill everyone’s wishes and help them to ‘graduate’ from that world. I am a normal guy, but I want to be like him. I am normal but I can try my best to help people to live a healthier and longer life with my knowledge in psychology. That will alone, decided my path for me.
Then it’s the story now, I met Alex and Abdi, became a part of PsychAssist, and now I am here, writing to you all.
Thanks for reading all this bullshit and next time I will share the final part of the series and answer the complete question, “Why study psychology in the UK” specifically. Please tell us why you chose to study psychology in the comment section below, and we will see you in the next article 🙂