My name is Lea Teffner, I am 18 years old and in September of 2019 I moved from Germany to Aberdeen in order to commence my studies for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
These past few crazy months included acquiring tons of new knowledge, getting to know loads of amazing new people, being able to work as a class representative, stressing over deadlines and competing for two awesome sports clubs (shout-out to AUTC and AUWLC!) amongst other things. And somehow the result of all this is even crazier – me being awarded the Anderson Prize by the School of Psychology!
I certainly did not plan on performing better than others, let alone winning an award for it. Instead, I solely aimed to do what I came to university for – learning about a subject that I am passionate about and simply enjoying what I do. Therefore, I have to admit that I was quite surprised but simultaneously very grateful and honoured by receiving this award. In my opinion, it is great that the School of Psychology awards prizes, which motivate myself and other students to continue to invest a reasonable amount of work in their studies. I consciously use the word “reasonable”, as I think that one does not need an excessive workload in order to be academically successful. To me, a healthy amount of discipline together with the supportive teaching/resources offered by the School of Psychology and the University’s extracurricular activities such as societies and sport clubs (which are ideal to free your mind and conquer stress) are more than enough to do well!
That’s why I aim to continue combining these aspects in order to advance in my studies, keep learning and figure out what I want to do after these four years in Aberdeen. I am excited to see what the next academic year has in store for us and I can’t wait to return to my friends and life in Aberdeen.
Until then, I hope you’re all recharging for the next year and staying safe!
Lea is a BSc Psychology student