Audrey is one of our third year international students at Trinity.  Here she lets us know about her experience of studying Psychology at Trinity, one of our Top 10 Courses.

Your name: Audrey Chew

Your year of study: 3rd Year (Senior Freshman)

Your programme of study / course:  Two-subject Moderatorship (TSM) Psychology and Sociology

What made you decide to study your course at Trinity?

There are so many reasons! Firstly, Trinity’s prestigious reputation and its Two Subject Moderatorship (TSM) programme allowed for me to combine two of my desired Arts and Humanities subjects into a degree. Secondly, as a Psychology student, it’s compulsory to participate in 20 hours’ worth of other people’s research in the university which allowed me to discover the different possible routes of Psychology. Thirdly, its central location in the middle of Dublin City made it so easy to sample all of Dublin’s best eateries surrounding the campus. Lastly, I knew that I was able to continue all my hobbies and discover new ones with the vast variety of clubs and societies in the university.

Involvement in societies - Trinity College Singer's  concert in the Christchurch Cathedral which had 40
Trinity College Singers concert at Christ Church Cathedral, one of the many student societies that Audrey has joined at Trinity

What, if anything, was the most challenging thing about moving to Ireland to study?

Leaving my friends and family behind was probably the most difficult thing to do, having never moved in my life before. 

How did you overcome the challenge?

I got really involved in societies which quickly filled up my time outside of classes and allowed me to develop amazing friendships with people from all over the globe. Also, I managed to stay in touch with those who mattered from home through social media platforms like Facebook, Whatsapp, Skype and so on. It was all the more interesting that I could tell them about my adventures in Trinity College. 

What aspect / module of your course have you enjoyed studying the most so far and why?

Within the Psychology course, I really liked that we were assigned to a really small tutorial group in a module called ‘Academic Skills’ for the first two years of the degree. Together with two of my classmates and one of my lecturers, I was required to individually research a topic relating to Psychology and present it to the group. The lecturers were extremely friendly, approachable and gave us very constructive feedback to help us learn more about presenting and also interesting pieces of research that we could read up on. It made Psychology much more than just studying from a text book as it allowed us to engage with new material with the guidance of our lecturer. 

Participating in an EEG study as part of my Psychology research credits
Audrey conducting research as part of her Psychology lecture

If you had one piece of advice to any other students about to start your course in Trinity what would it be?

Look at the variety of courses provided in the college and see all the combinations that you may be able to do (especially within the Arts and Humanities section). Try to talk to any students who have studied in your intended course to get an understanding of what you will experience over here.

What is your favourite thing about Dublin?

I love the fact that even though it is Ireland’s capital city, I am able to bump into people I know everywhere I go. Within a busy city which is only 20 minutes away from a beautiful coastline, there is a sense of familiarity and belonging.

Celebrating together with  Psychology classmates after the annual exams  in Wicklow which is just a short bus ride from Dublin.

What three words would you use to describe Trinity to someone who’s never been here?

Active. Welcoming. Memorable.

If you would like to get to know Trinity College and the city of Dublin better, consider coming along to one of our upcoming US events.


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