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What did you do before coming to Pembroke?
Maths, Chemistry, Psychology, and Further Maths A-Levels. I also took English at AS Level.
What degree are you currently doing, and what stage are you at in your degree?
I am currently doing a BA in Experimental Psychology and am in my final year a month before graduation.
What is the biggest/most important thing that you have learned during your time at Pembroke?
The most important thing I have learned during my time at Pembroke is that the friends you will make will be there watching out for you, and the work you put in is what you get out of your degree.
In your final year, which Advanced Options did you take? Did you do a Research Project? Did you write a library dissertation?
I took the Advanced Options of “The Attentive Brain” with Glyn Humphreys and Nele Demeyere and “Mathematical Development and Disabilities” with Ann Dowker. Both were very interesting topics and I would recommend them to others. I also completed a Research Project investigating whether task switching can be divided into components and whether age affects the performance on each component differently. I also completed a library dissertation on sequence-personality synaesthesia.
What would you like to do when you finish your degree? Or, if you already have something in place, please describe it!
I want to be a Clinical Psychologist. I have an honorary contract working in the Eye Hospital division at the John Radcliffe in Oxford, connected to the Sleep & Circadian Neuroscience Institute.
What has been the highlight of your time at Pembroke / Oxford?
There have honestly been so many highlights it is difficult to pick one but staying in Oxford after exams are over and doing things around the city with friends was great! If I had to pick a favourite event I would choose the Three Kings carol singing near the end of first term or the time in summer VIIIs when Pembroke won a double headship and we had a party on top of our boathouse.
Was there anything that surprised you about Pembroke / Oxford in your first year here?
Everyone is so friendly, and it is easy to maintain a work/life balance if you are productive.
Any advice for prospective students?
Relax and be yourself in Freshers’ week if you want to meet people who start liking you for the person you really are and not as someone pretending to be someone else.
Andrew talks about his own experience of moving from A Level study to undergraduate level at Pembroke