How figuring out what makes us behave the way

How we behave begins from how we think and the idea that our thoughts are the foundations of the actions we depict has always fascinated me. To me, psychology is like a cave rich in knowledge about the human mind. We learn about the contributions of psychologists that have given us the opportunities to understand the human mind better, from the basics of how the brain functions and understanding detrimental mental illnesses to figuring out what makes us behave the way we do. There are still untapped potentials within psychology and it excites me when I think about learning Psychology in university where I can cultivate myself in this revolutionary field of science.

I have always had an interest in science ever since I can remember; my first time learning psychology was during my A levels. Even before A levels, psychology had always intrigued me so I always kept up to date on inspiring articles on Psychology Today and TED talks. It was the realisation that psychology played a crucial role in our lives in everything we do was what made it much more of a compelling subject to learn. Out of piqued curiosity, I had chosen it and from then on I knew this was the subject I truly wanted to construct my career path towards.

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Immigrating to England from Nepal as a diligent child, I quickly learned to adapt to the apparent social differences between the two distinct cultures and overcome the language barrier I encountered as English is not my mother tongue. This made me a stronger and more resilient being. I took a part-time job as a waitress to develop my interpersonal skills; I learned to listen and communicate with the team during rush hours and was able to make quick decisions when faced with displeased customers.

Along with Psychology, I take Biology and Chemistry for my A levels. Chemistry has given me a clearer understanding of the components of certain drugs which affect our neurotransmitter levels. In addition, Biology has taught me the anatomy of our brain which can be linked to specific cortices affecting the way we think and react. Furthermore, Biology has made me understand the neuronal functions and structures integrated into our body.

To gain first-hand experience, I have volunteered at my local Alzheimer’s Society where I will be assigned for a one to one with an Alzheimer’s patient. During our sessions, I will communicate and develop my relationship as a carer, helping me understand the disorder as well as empathise what the patient feels.

In my free time, I love to paint portraits of emotions I feel during that moment. I find it is a good way to relax and focus my mind after a stressful day. This technique will definitely help me concentrate throughout my life in the university.

During my gap year, I will be applying for a volunteering role in Ghana and work in a hospital in the psychiatric department to expand my understanding mental health problems and gain insight to real life hospital settings. 

In the midst of my studies this year, I heard my aunt in Nepal had committed suicide due to depression. The news forced my eyes to open to the reality of mental health sufferers in Nepal, where mental health isn’t always considered a problem and people have been shunned away from society for having one. In the future, I hope to become a clinical psychologist and provide mental health treatments not only for Nepal but also to other countries with deprived knowledge about mental health and end this prolonged discrimination.