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When I was an undergraduate student first studying Psychology, a particularly skilled tutor told me that the only way a person could ever become a good clinician was by understanding how to critically assess the worth of the research upon which their clinical practice was based. Ever since then, I have had a strong interest in Applied Psychology and I feel strongly that Kent University’s programme is the ideal place for me to continue to grow and develop my skills.
Perhaps the most integral part of my time at Canterbury Christ Church University working on my bachelors degree, was the emphasis that was put upon being able to not only learn what has already been done in the field of Psychology, but on learning how to go about discovering new information for ourselves. I was incredibly engaged with the way we focused on learning the skills necessary to apply scientific investigation to all areas of our lives—even when I am outside of the classroom, I still feel that same curiosity about learning more about the world and put into practice the transferable skills of knowing how to seek out information, sorting through the data, and problem-solving in new ways. I am convinced that getting a university education is not only about memorising information, but about having one’s entire way of looking at the world changed.
What attracted me the most to this programme at Kent University was the way in which the research department has clearly been established with an emphasis on diversity and an eclectic approach to studying Psychology. I find that I am highly energised when put into a environment where I am able to approach learning from different approaches and I am very enthusiastic about the opportunity to take part in a post-graduate programme at a university which emphasises such a wide range of disciplines. I find that a dynamic culture encourages even greater involvement in academic studies, as it inspires me to learn more, challenge myself, and to fully engage with my colleagues.
I am especially interested in meeting with and potentially working with Dr. Karen Douglas. I had the opportunity to study some of her work on computer-mediated communication and intergroup interaction when I was an undergraduate student. I found that not only was I highly engaged in the information she was seeking, but that I also admired the elegance of her research methods and felt that I had a strong affinity for the way she both analysed the information and created her theories. I am, of course, not yet fully developed in terms of my long-term research and career goals, but I do know that I am very interested in the ways in which our internal goals during communications with others goes on to change the way in which we choose to communicate. I would love to have the opportunity to speak more closely with Dr. Douglas and to help to develop my initial ideas into a more workable research design.
Having read about the Kent programme extensively, I feel that I bring to the programme a number of strengths which make me uniquely ideal for taking up this study. I have spent the past two summers working in different work environments which have enabled me to develop my skills working with a team—I am now better able to understand how to work with group dynamics to get the best out of everyone as a whole. I have greatly increased my ability to work with others, which has provided the additional benefit of helping me to improve my ability to work to deadlines and to take on board constructive criticism. I found that by working in teams which required input from every member, I learned better how to manage my time and work to task so that I did not let down the other members of my team. In turn, this has given me greater self-confidence in how to present my work and adjust it as necessary according to differing needs and requirements. I believe that these skills will stand me in good stead when it comes to working with my fellow post-graduate students and in responding appropriately to advice and criticism from my supervisor and tutors.
I really do believe that this programme and I, especially in regards to our respective philosophies on diversity and dynamic cultures, are a really great match. I feel strongly that the way in which I look at learning and higher education is very well suited to the way in which this programme has been set up. I am confident that you will find that I bring with me a blend of strengths and interests which make me an ideal candidate. I cannot tell you how highly motivated and enthusiastic I am about taking on this wonderful challenge.
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