Despite refugees from my sixth form’s own Ethics and

Despite being a relatively new subject for me, psychology has
grasped my interest in that short amount of time. The diversity and
unpredictability of people captivates me, and the questioning of existing
assumptions I find is valuable to progressions in society. The relationship
between psychology and philosophy provided for a suitable basis that I eagerly
look forward to delving further into.

 

Reading has always been a hobby of mine, introducing me to psychological
and philosophical ideas even before I knew their formal term. Kafka’s ‘The Metamorphosis’
springs to mind – the basis of my English coursework – subtly combining all my
current subjects together, through absurdism and emphasis on inner struggles.
The novella gravitated my interest towards Sartre’s ideas on existentialism as
well as Marx’s theories, while displaying the psychological effects of wider
society on feelings of self-worth. Yet to truly enhance understanding, further
study logically seems the best way, and the prospect of such entices me and
strengthens my curiosity.

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Although fiction will always be a preference, I also enjoy
non-fiction, especially recently. Edward Craig’s ‘Philosophy: A Very Short
Introduction’ gave a general overview of some key philosophers that I had not
come across before, such as Socrates, Nietzsche, and Epicurus, conveying the
extensive material philosophy has to offer before seeping into psychology, and
how much more I can learn. Ancient philosophical influences, I find, are
especially interesting, intertwining with early psychology before its pivotal
scientific methods.

 

Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Blink: The Power of Thinking Without
Thinking’ gave me new insights into cognitive psychology and the powers of
instinct and ‘thin-slicing’, as Gladwell denoted it. Its inclusion of
statistical information and research was highly informative and fitting for
psychology generally, increasing my understanding of research and conclusions
drawn from it. ‘Blink’ incorporated the idea that if you feel something is the
right choice, you should embrace it. That is why I am choosing this path.

 

Within sixth form, I have taken part in school events such as
the last few open evenings, and I hope to also be an active member of the
community at university. Particularly, debating club this year – which I
represented at our Fresher’s Fair –  has progressed critical skills I had
gained from RS and analytical skills from English, focusing on alternate
viewpoints and articulating these in a sophisticated manner. I feel it has
further prepared me for objectively scrutinising and evaluating, with regards
to research or proposed theories.

 

Prior to my work experience at the Asylum Seeker and Refugee
Community (ARC) Project, I was introduced to personal stories from refugees
from my sixth form’s own Ethics and Philosophy conference, exposing me to the
real life trauma many go through. Being in that setting at ARC was truly
humbling and enlightening for such a significant topic, showing how individual
refugees and the wider community interacted and lived, especially in comparison
to people from more developed countries. Through attending a biannual meeting
during my time at ARC, the recent movements to improve mental health support in
the community were made apparent, through a research team’s development of a
conversation group and booklet to offer psychological information. It indicated
the real-life application of psychology to me, and how crucial involvement from
different fields is, and that help is something I wish to be able to provide
one day.

 

Most people tell you to do what you enjoy, and that is exactly
what I am pursuing. I am inquisitive, determined, and prepared for the next
stage, and acknowledge how much more there is I can learn; even more, I want
to. My current subjects have advanced my skills and broadened my perspectives,
yet there is further to go – and I am ready.