Dean O’Driscoll

Dean O’Driscoll - BSc Psychology (2013-2016)

For me, Queens was always my first choice even before I knew what course I was going to study.  As I read through the course description, I thought that studying Psychology sounded so interesting! At that time, I was also volunteering with children with disabilities. I decided that I would go to university and study something that I would enjoy. I hoped that my future career would then be based around this interest and would relate to my degree.

I decided that studying Psychology at Queens was the only thing that I wanted to do. I applied and was lucky enough to be offered a place.  Once the A-Level results were out, I confirmed my place and couldn’t wait to start studying at Queens in late September. I remember being so excited to start studying at University and to start university life. I was also a bit apprehensive about studying Psychology. I had never studied psychology before! I was afraid about being at a disadvantage before I started. I thought that everyone in the class would know a lot more than me and I was worried that I might not understand what was being taught. When I did start in September, I found out that most of the people in my class were in the exact same position as me; they didn’t study Psychology for A-Level earlier.

I was so thankful to all my professors, because they taught the topics assuming that the topic was new to everyone in the room. They broke down complex concepts into smaller pieces, which made them far easier to understand. My mind was quickly put to ease.

The staff members here within the School of Psychology are fantastic and their teaching is impeccable. Their lectures are enjoyable and they are always available after class to answer questions and to provide extra information. I am so impressed by the support that is available to psychology students at Queens. If you do decide to study here, you will be given a personal tutor who you will meet with you in small groups every second week, they will help you out with your studies and help answer any questions that you may have. From my own experience, your personal tutor becomes a friend as well as a mentor. I genuinely feel proud to go to a university that cares so much for the academic and personal wellbeing of its students.

If I could give one piece of advice to future students, it would be, make the most out of every opportunity! The school offers its students so many different opportunities that they can avail of, for example research apprenticeships for those who are considering postgraduate study. Not only does this experience provide you with research experience, you also learn many new skills and develop strong contacts with other academics.

This year, I hope to graduate with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. I have had such a great time here at Queens and have developed such passion for the subject that I would love to apply to do a PhD. I honestly couldn’t think of a better place that I would like to do it, than here at Queens. 

I can honestly say that the past few years have been some of the best years of my life. For me, deciding to study psychology was the best decision that I have ever made.

I am so honoured to be Psychology student at Queens and I know that I will always look back with a smile, when remembering my days here, for they have been very happy memories.