I am a Psychology student in Bogota, Colombia, and I’m currently undertaking the Study Abroad Research Practicum at UNSW. Since I was very young I have been interested in child development and education, and with the bachelor’s degree I developed an attraction towards human behaviour and the brain. Hence, I would like to do a master’s degree in neuropsychology and education. Last year, as part of my degree, I did internships in preschool and high school environments supporting children that misbehaved in class and had family or personal issues. In last semester’s internship I learned about neuropsychological assessment in children.
What is your current role?
I am a practicum student working on a research project in the Ethics & Genetics team of the BSU called “Quality of life, family relationships and information needs in siblings of children with a chronic illness (The SibStars Study)”. This study aims to investigate the wellbeing and quality of life of siblings of children with chronic illnesses, and their information and support needs.
What are the ‘best’ parts of your current role?
First, I would say to work surrounded by people who not only care about children’s and families’ wellbeing, but who take on responsibility for developing knowledge and evidence-based practice. I also really enjoy working on projects involving children, adolescents and young adults. I am also learning new skills in both quantitative and qualitative methods, that I’m sure will be useful for my post-graduate studies. I am also, receiving regular supervision with Dr Lauren Kelada, and consider feedback a vital element in learning processes.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I would have graduated from my current degree and gained professional experience in educational contexts, especially with children. I hope to be completing a master’s degree, probably in neuropsychology and education.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow a similar path in terms of their study/career?
To be curious and daring about what psychology offers, given that its knowledge can be applied in a wide range of fields. It is important to explore different areas to discover what you’re really passionate about. Looking for opportunities in other countries is really helpful as you surely will learn new things and expand your perspective.