Adam Clemente, a Bachelor of Psychological Science student, shares his experience as a student at ACU.
"I chose to study psychology because from a young age, I had a comprehensive interest in the human body, especially the brain. I soon became interested in human behaviours and the underlying processes involving it. After discovering the science in high school, I knew it would be something that I would be passionate about and highly motivated to study further.
"Uni is great, although there have been some challenges. At the end of my first year, despite having good marks, I had lost motivation to study and dropped out of the course, contemplating a career as a paramedic or fire-fighter.
"After seeking advice from family and friends, as well as lots of personal time reassessing my own goals, I decided to continue on with the degree as it is what I’m passionate about. Luckily, I was allowed to enrol back into the course and I have not looked back since.
"I would encourage any student to persist in their studies, and to give to others because the rewards will be endless! For example, I recently won the Peter W. Sheehan Award. It was great to be recognised for the hard work I have done, and it means I can devote more time to the final year of my undergraduate degree as I am now able to cut back on work hours.
"I would like to express my thanks for being selected for the Peter W. Sheehan scholarship. Peter's support for students over the past few years has been truly amazing, and my lecturers and tutors have always been so helpful. I have been blessed to have such amazing staff from the School of Psychology supporting me throughout my studies.
My future career aspirations involve completing my Honours degree in psychology. Beyond that - I am still up in the air. I have used ACU’s resources to understand and gain experience in several areas of psychology, which will help with my decisions further down the track."