Sara Rea, Huntsville, Canada

Sara Rea

Sara, a double major student in Biology and Psychology, graduated from the University of Western Ontario in Canada in 2013. Prior to studying at Swansea University, she worked as a medical research assistant in Sioux Lookout and worked for Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority as a programme assistant for their Regional Wellness Response Programme. We caught up with Sara to find out about her studying experience at Swansea University...

Why did you choose to study at Swansea University?

The Abnormal and Clinical Psychology programme offered a large range of modules and it seemed like a good prerequisite for future training in the area of clinical psychology and mental health. 

Can you tell us about your course?

The course consisted of taught modules on a variety of topics in clinical psychology for the first two terms, and an independent research project. Our lectures were a mix of traditional lecturing and group discussions where we had the opportunity to apply our learning to cases. Having different lecturers with a wide breadth of knowledge and experience made the course that much more interesting and applicable outside the classroom. 

What part of the course did you enjoy the most?

I enjoyed expanding my knowledge of clinical psychology through the lectures, especially working through cases collaboratively with my peers to develop clinical formulations. I also enjoyed completing the research for my dissertation—from working with participants in the lab to the writing up stage.

What’s been your highlight whilst studying at Swansea University?

I think one of the highlights was completing my dissertation. Although not part of the course, another highlight was my clinical placement at Princess of Wales hospital in Bridgend, which was available for students in the programme. This was a great learning experience and extremely valuable. I was also very fortunate to make some wonderful, lifelong friends. 

What are your plans for the future?

My current plan is to continue to expand my knowledge, and gain more practical experience to build on the theoretical foundation from my education. I hope to work towards a career in the provision of mental health care and I am looking forward to seeing what the future brings in terms of personal and professional development. 

Would you recommend Swansea University to other students? 

Yes! The programme has extremely knowledgeable lecturers who are very supportive of the students. The location of the university is also a bonus...having the beach and beautiful scenery right there, as well as it being close to the city centre.