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5 reasons that inspired me to study psychology


Faculty: Science and Engineering
School: Psychology
Course: BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology
Category: Psychology

10 March 2022

A photo of an open psychology book

Like many students, for quite some time I was unclear of which field to pursue. When the time came to apply for university I started reflecting on my interests and goals in life.

Understanding human behaviour

I have always been intrigued by human behaviour and the thought processes running behind it. I was especially interested in learning what caused people to commit crimes, so doing a dual honours degree which combined psychology and criminology was a great prospect.

World issues

During my second year of A-Levels, I had increased awareness of world issues. I spent my first semester trying to convince students to act against climate change. After this struggle, I realised I had to first learn about human psychology if I wanted to persuade people to act for the environment.

Mental health

A couple of close friends and family members started suffering from different mental health issues. It was frustrating to not be able to help. Moreover, there was the fear of saying the wrong thing and worsening the situation. This further motivated me to learn psychology.

A wide scope

Psychology is a subject that has an important role in different fields. For example, medicine, education and business. After studying psychology, I would have the opportunity to specialise and work in almost any other field.

Furthermore, I believe psychology is one of those fields that robots and computers cannot replace.

Relates to everyday life

I was aware that my knowledge of psychology would benefit my personal and everyday life. Especially topics like procrastination, addiction and perception.


These are the reasons why when one day, I was scrolling down courses on a university website, I came across psychology, I knew this was for me. Ever since then my love and passion for psychology has only grown.


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