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Graduation 2015: Prize winner plans future at Hope

Rebecca Dwyer Wednesday 22 July 2015

Graduating with a First in Psychology and the second-highest mark for her dissertation, Rebecca Dwyer received the Psychology Examiner’s Prize.

“The highlight of my time at Hope, although it may sound strange, was completing my dissertation. In the years leading up to it, I worried about the dissertation project in the final year, the fact you are given so much freedom and responsibility to research a topic of your own choice was something that seemed quite daunting. However, although at times it was quite challenging, it felt like a huge achievement and relief to finally hand my project in after all the time and effort I had invested in it, and getting the grades at the end made it seem all the more worth it.

“Throughout my degree I found my tutors to be really helpful and supportive as I looked for work experience that related to the degree I was doing and the field I wished to pursue. They were ready to offer advice and answer any questions I had. Going to university has definitely helped me to come out of my shell. I have always been a little shy and reserved, but taking on things I found challenging, such as standing up in front of my class and doing presentations has definitely eased some of the worries I had about situations where I have to talk in front of others. Although I still get nervous, I feel I have got a lot better at this, which will surely come in handy with job interviews and situations where I have to talk in front of a group of people.

“As for winning the Psychology Examiners Prize, I feel so happy to be chosen for this. I worked really hard to complete my studies, but I would sometimes find myself doubting my performance or worrying that I haven't done as well as I should have, so to receive this award was unexpected and a lovely surprise. I feel really grateful and it’s made me even more excited for graduation day!

“I hope to carry on my studies by completing a Masters in cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging here at Hope, and eventually complete doctoral work or go into research.”

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