Megan Chia

Country: Singapore
Job title: Student
Subject of study: Psychology
Year of graduation: 2022
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Postgraduate student at King’s College London

Tell us about your background and why you chose to go to university

Being an individual in constant pursuit of growth and a strong thirst for knowledge, going to University is one that opened many doors for opportunities. Aside from traditional academic learning, being in university meant meeting new people, both friends and professionals from heterogenous backgrounds, of different cultures, expertise and life experiences. Prior to entering University, I attained a diploma in Child Psychology and Early Intervention and worked as a Special Needs Teacher, working with neurodivergent autistic children for about 3 years. Being in the amalgamation of such rich diversity and learning opportunities, coupled with my own experiences, was certainly a voyage that I wouldn’t trade anything for.  

How did winning a Global Excellence scholarship help you with your studies?

Being awarded the Global Excellence Scholarship was an act of recognition, and I was beyond thrilled to receive this. It affirmed my decision for studying at the University of Exeter and it was exciting to be in a University that has confidence in its students’ abilities. This has definitely pushed me to strive for the best.  

Tell us about your experiences in Exeter – living in the city, joining societies, your favourite part of your studies:

Living in Exeter has been such an experience! — Intimidating at first, but one that I would remember for the rest of my life. Living with friends and meeting new people everywhere has been the highlight, and Exeter was the perfect place to explore the neighbouring areas such as Cornwall, Bristol, Oxford, and London. My favourite aspect would always be the strong sense of community. Having been a part of the Legion Dance Society and the President of the Singapore Society has drawn me closer to my passions and my culture. I was in Exeter during the pandemic lockdown, and living with my friends has strengthened our bonds and was honestly one of my fondest memories in Exeter. 

How have your studies at Exeter helped you on your career journey?

Studying in Exeter allowed me to embark on my journey towards my aspirations of being a Clinical Psychologist and working with children and young people with complex trauma needs. With foundation and skills instilled in me throughout the course, it gave me a stepping stone towards my ambitions and confidence to take on any challenges that come ahead.  



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