Anderson Prize Winner: Lea Teffner

Anderson Prize Winner: Lea Teffner
2021-07-19

I feel very honoured to have been awarded the Anderson Prize by the School of Psychology. Especially in an academic year like this past one – which was so out of the ordinary and a bit hard to get used to – it means a lot to receive this award.

Although I still had the chance to take on campus classes during the winter semester, which I am very thankful for seeing as the School of Psychology tried to continue to deliver engaging in-person teaching in a safe manner, most of this year took place online, which was definitely an adjustment process. Even though I appreciated the comfort of studying at home at times – namely not having to walk to campus in rainy weather but instead sitting at the kitchen table with my flatmate, both of us dressed in pyjamas and listening to lectures – online classes were occasionally challenging to maintain motivation for.

In these times, two things helped me greatly to stay on top of everything – online resources provided for our psychology courses (such as discussion boards and weekly updates and overviews on what do) and a good balance with non-academic interests like exercising and anything regarding the Aberdeen University Tennis Club. For the future I am hoping to keep up this balance while still continuing to perform well academically and to enjoy my studies. Additionally, I am looking forward to increasing my knowledge in psychology and getting more hands-on experience in terms of conducting research and applying the skills we learn throughout this degree. Lastly, I am planning to fully use this upcoming third year to figure out what area of psychology I want to specialize in, so that I can start making more specific plans for after my graduation, seeing as my time in Aberdeen is sadly going by a lot quicker than anticipated.

Thank you again to the School of Psychology and I am looking forward to another academic year and to being back in Aberdeen!

 

Lea will begin her third year of psychology studies in September 2021.

Published by The School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen

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