Monday, 20 July 2020

BLOG HAS MOVED TO WORDPRESS

I've recently transferred my blog over to WordPress. It's still in progress as I am in the process of having to re-format every single post and redirect hyperlinks, but I hope you like it!

Monday, 6 July 2020

Choosing the Right University and Course for YOU!

This is wayy out of my comofoty zone, but we're up for a challenge and trying new things!

This is my first time doing something this, so I know the quality is questionable (I'm clearly no media student!), but I hope that the content itself will be helpful to the prospective students out there. Trying to find the right course and uni in this current situation is a challenge, so here is some advice to get your started.

I have used information and webpages from the Deaprtment of Psychology as examples throughout this video. Also, thank you to Michelle and Kate for allowing me to use their profiles for this!

Of course, there are so many other factors you will also want to consider, but this video focuses on academics 🙂.




TIME STAMPS (open up the description box in YouTube to click onto them and they will take you directly to the right point):

Contextual Offers: 1:56
Checking Accreditations: 2:56
Course Content starts at 4:30 (please note that this information changes year on year)
- Module Availability: 5:12
- Key Research Areas: 5:55
- Research of Academics: 7:07
Assessments: 9:17
Facilities: 10:40
Get in Contact with Students: 11:30


Information about contextual offers:

Get in contact:

Warwick University:

BPS Accreditation: https://www.bps.org.uk/our-members/accreditation

The following websites can help you filter out which universities offer the course that you would like to go into by region, entry requirements, and type of study:

If I have missed anything, please let me know!

Saturday, 20 June 2020

A Quick Update

Exams are completed and I'm finished with Year 2 (providing that I've passed all my modules)! 🥳 Like I did with first year, I plan on writing up a review on that sometime during the Summer.

For this post, I'm going to detail some furture plans for my blog.

Gerd Altmann | Pixabay

I have been thinking more about my blog and there are going to be some minor changes.

Firstly, as I am moving onto final year (*shiver*) and beginning to work out what I want to do in the future career wise, I want to use this platofrm to talk about research areas that I am interested in. I know I do this already but I'm thinking about focusing it more on specific areas of personal interest as well as sharing you some of the content from my lectures. Secondly, I want to also use this platform to raise awareness of issues that have a personal touch to me as well, which kind of mixes in with me sharing more research-based content. I know that research isn't accessible to many people, but I aim to make this open and as accessible as possible. The school days often make 'research' seem so dull (I agree with you on that), but my lecturers have completely turned that around. Hopefully, I can change your mind on that to!

Of course, I will still continue to share with you my university journey and other random lifestyle-related posts as I have been doing, academics aside. It's been such a great way for me to be able to gather my thoughts and feelings, and from the feedback I have gotten, they are beneficial to you as well, so they will definitely continue.

I also want to start psoting more about my general thoughts. Most of the time they will probabbly linked to the above. I think that it will be a nice way of ratioanlising them and encouraging me to write them down more often so that I can comprehend them. It will also be something to look back on in the future and see how they have changed (or not).

Finally, I'm experimenting with some video content over on OurWarwick, which I hope to also share on here as well. Anyone who knows me personally, knows that the camera an enemy of mine (more so than a live audience, which I know doesn't make any sense), but we are open for trying out new things. We'll see how that goes!

I'm thinking about transferring my blog off of blogger, and onto another platform to give me greater flexibility and control over the layout of my blog. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. I'm also thinking about a name change for the blog, so any suggestions on that are very welcome to.

Last but not least, and most importantly, I have really been enjoying speaking to some of you prospective Psychology students, whether you want to study Psychology at Warwick or in general. Some of you have noted being a little hesitant to get into contact, but PLEASE, please don't be. I'm here to share and talk about my experiences openly and honestly because I want to, and it is so wonderful to hear from you and have a chat! Especially with open days cancelled, I'm here to help in any way that I can. Exams are over now, so I'm pretty much free (and very bored because of Corona), and the social contact is very much welcome. I'll leave my contact details at the end of this post.

I hope you are doing well. Let me know what you have been up to, and what's been keeping you busy because I'm in need of some ideas!

Please take care and I'll be back soon with another post. As always, if you have anything that would would like me to cover, let me know! 😄

Instagram: @universitywithaimz
Email: Aimee.Cheung@outlook.com

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Racism Should Not Be Up For Political Debate


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I had a planned post to put up about my fears and experiences with racial prejudice and discrimination. However, considering the recent events that have taken place, I don't want to detract from the Black Lives Matter movement that is unfortunately taking place currently. So, I will save that for a later date and this post will take a different turn and repost something that you may have already seen on my social media.

You will always hear that you shouldn't bring your political views into your professional workspace. However, issues regarding racial, ethnic, and gender inequalities and injustice shouldn't even be up for political debate

It's quite shocking that we are in 2020 and still fighting against such issues in our societies. What if we discriminated each other based on eye colour? What if people with brown eyes are superior? They are treated with greater respect, they don't have to prove their worth, they don't have to convince others that they shouldn't be afraid of them; prove that they have rightfully earned their citizenship, or are even able to get better education... All on the basis that they have brown eyes.

Does that not sound completely foolish to you? I agree. 

If this sound familiar, you may recall an exercise/ experiment which Jane Elliott (an anti-racism activist and educator) introduced into her third grade (UK equivalent of Year 4) classroom (full documentary linked here and a short version here for you to watch). All it took was this very nuanced division and a couple of labels (i.e.: brown/ blue eyed people are smarter and troublemakers) to spread prejudice and discrimination among these children. They become so engrossed in the 'fact that their eye colour defined their identity and status. This is despite these children very clearly speaking against racial inequality at this very start of their class. 

If you think that adults would act differently, think again. Take a lookat this short video. It is appalling that adults would even use something so nuanced as eye colour to justify being "better' than or the value of another human being. I would highly urge you to take a look at these experiments conducted by Elliott and share them with anyone you know.

If there is one thing I have learned in social psychology it is that no matter how much you want to deny it, you have biases against people based on these overly generalised labels, whether that be based on race, gender, someone's looks, height, health status, whether they have tattoos, etc. Whether you believe in them or not, they are implicitly ingrained in us solely based on the way that certain groups of people are presented in our society

That may not be your fault at all. However, if there's one thing we can all do is acknowledge and speak up against them. Challenge the generalised way that the media present groups of people which only facilitate these biases. Challenge the way that you family, friends, colleagues, and peers speak about others. It should not be an issue that's up for discussion, but it is, and we all have a job to speak against it. 

I don't have a very big public platform, but I have one and I am going to use it. You should to even if it only reaches a few people. Use not to prove that you are not racist, but to truly acknowledge that prejudice and discrimination exists and build conversations. If this is something you can't do, have open conversations with those around you. 

Melany Rochester | Unsplash
You may not be able to fully understand the extent of it, but anything you do to attempt to educate yourself or stand with those who have to face the cruel acts of violence and continuous belittlement that we continue to see every single day will be appreciated.

I have no words to describe how wrong it is that this is something we still have to talk about.  Anti-black discrimination and similar brutal (as well as detrimental, non-explicit) acts of racism in all countries is not just a part of history books, it's a part of reality. Think about this: What much has changed? Why hasn’t it changed?

If you find yourself saying, “It’s too uncomfortable”, consider how it feels to have to fear experiencing it day and in day out. 

No one should have to fear going out and being attacked because of their race.

Resources: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Can You Guess What I Am?

Hello! It feels like forever since I've posted on here. I hope everyone is keeping well.

I will get back on the blog posts on here once my exams are over and I have nothing else to do. However, I did get a blog post up over at OurWarwick titled 'The Debate: Arts vs. Science', so I will hypelrink that for the meantime! I try and post weekly updates on my Instagram (@universitywithaimz). It's mainly random Psychology and Student-Related stuff but come and say hello if you want to! It's so lovely seeing what some of you other Psych students get up to and following your jounrneys!

Aaron Burden | Unsplash
Over the weekend, I wrote a poem in about 30 mins. I wrote down some random words to use as stimuli (anything that popped into my head), listened to a few songs on themes that I associated with those words, and this is what came out. Goodness knows when the last time I wrote a creative piece like this was, so don't be too harsh. I definitely didn't sit there and think about all those language devices you have to incorporate back in GCSE English Lang!

I can't believe I'm sharing this.
Anyways, here it is.


Before you read on, I am going to add a trigger warning here just in case because it is quite sad...



Can you guess what the overarching topic is before you get to the last stanza?


I’m a bully who keeps taunting you,
And who never leaves you alone.
My words are constantly stabbing you,
As others tell you to just strengthen your backbone.

I’m a full camera crew that follows you,
Everywhere you go.
Every single speech sound and move,
Everyone’s watching, you know?

I’m those who tell you that you can’t do this or that,
Despite all the mountains you have climbed,
Your efforts are simply not enough,
For everyone else is far better polished and primed.

I’ll make you feel like you’re drowning
Deeper and deeper into the sea.
You’re broken and bruised but you keep fighting,
Wondering if I will ever set you free.

You fight to keep on following
The little light that lies ahead,
But can that little light be trusted?
For it could lead you trapped in a shed.

Although I can’t always be seen,
I’m constant like a shadow.
Even when the lights are out, I’m there,
No matter how far into your covers you try to burrow.

You plea to have a break,
“Is that too much to ask?”
Don’t worry, you won’t make a fool of yourself,
I’m something you will learn how to mask.

I am overthinking.
I am the voices in your head.
But if I were a physical person,
By me, would you still be led?


Did you get it?

I have a much more light-hearted post coming up next. I might get it up before my exam week starts, but we will see (that's a hint to mean probably not).

If there are any posts that you would like to see, let me know!

As always, please take care,

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