Psychology student Jessie Houston reflects on her studies so far and her experiences in the Leadership Through Learning programme.
Programme: Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology
“I decided to peruse an undergraduate degree in science, as this has always been my passion. Throughout school it was the subject I enjoyed the most. Choosing my major was hard but I have always had an interest in psychology and wanted this to be the main focus of my degree.
“I found that I loved to learn about why people do the things they do and how we can use this knowledge to understand people’s everyday behaviours. In the future, I would love to go into the health side of psychology, such as becoming a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.”
“I’ve really enjoyed some of my assignments and projects. In PSYCH 108 we were required to write an essay about an activity or environment that allows us to flourish as an individual. It allowed me to write about a subject I was passionate about. I really enjoyed this assignment and put a lot of time and effort into it, so I received a high grade for it. I also love the selection of PSYCH papers you are able to choose from in stage 2 and 3 of the course.
I found that I loved to learn about why people do the things they do and how we can use this knowledge to understand people’s everyday behaviours.
“I am of NZ European and Tongan descent, so last semester I had the opportunity to be a part of an amazing programme called Leadership Through Learning. It’s a leadership development programme for students of Māori and Pacific students across all disciplines at the University.
“The programme allowed me to meet some amazing people, as well as teaching me many leadership skills. It also taught me about the cultures that make up the indigenous community at the University, which I now feel part of.
“The amazing coordinators and tutors in this programme become your whānau at the University, creating a space that brings a sense of belonging and aroha. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to be a part of it.”