Title: PSA Student of the Year Nominee 2017 Charlotte Thorpe
Hi, my name is Charlotte, I am a third year Biochemistry student and I have just completed the PSA (Advanced).
Which activities did you undertake in order to achieve the PSA?
To complete the PSA (Advanced) I have been part of the Residents Association in my first year. I have also been a Peer Assisted Study Session Leader in my second year, and I have completed external work experience. I have also taken part in a lot of PSA Short Skills Sessions which really helped me pick out the transferrable skills from my extra-curricular activities.
What skills have you gained?
I think the PSA really pushes you to complete things outside of your course so it really pushes you to do extra-curricular activities that are going to give you skills that look good to employers, and it also teaches you how to pick out those skills that you gained so I know for me I have really been able to improve my communication, my team working skills, my leadership and organisational skills through completing this scheme, just by completing all the extra-curricular activities.
Do you have any advice for students who are thinking about enrolling onto the PSA?
For anyone thinking of enrolling onto the PSA I would say do it because it’s really great, it’s a good way to push yourself to try new things at university and get involved in stuff outside of your course, and that really looks good to employers out of university, and I think it is a really great way to showcase what you have done outside of your degree and it highlights all your skills that you have gained and it shows your dedication to personal development as well.