Pratiksha Rajopadhyaya - MSc Clinical Psychology

PratiksharaWho are you and where are you from?
Hi, I am Pratiksha Rajopadhyaya, and I am from Kathmandu, Nepal.

What course are you studying?
I am studying MSc Clinical Psychology.

How did you find out about the University of South Wales?
Well, it was months of research to find a university that would fit me the best. I knew I wanted to study Clinical Psychology, and I had a pros and cons list for every university I had shortlisted. I wanted a university that offered a holistic course on Clinical Psychology along with opportunities to explore other professional opportunities. The Psychology Plus scheme offered by USW really struck with me. All in all, USW appealed to me, and what I wanted with a Master’s degree.
I am here on Chevening Scholarship offered by the FCDO!

What’s your favourite part of your course so far?
My favorite part of the course is the people I study with. We have a group of very diverse and inclusive people, and extremely supportive team of lecturers. The coursework and assessments have been overwhelming but it has been nice to go through this adventure with my friends. 

What’s the best thing about your USW campus?
The best thing about the Treforest campus is the library, and the coffee shop inside the library! This place has seen in me a lot of different emotional states as I try to navigate through my assessments.

How are you enjoying living in the UK? 
I am not going to lie, it has been difficult for me adjusting to life in the UK. Being away from family and home gets me a lot. However, I use this opportunity for possibilities to explore. I love travelling and I have been travelling to different parts of the UK whenever I get a chance to. 
So far, Caerphilly is my favorite place! Something about the town just made me feel at peace. Apart from that, I love exploring the Market Square at Pontypridd. The charity shops, book shops and cutesy little coffee shops have my heart. Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd is my safe place here. I love walking around in the park, reading on the bench, making friends with dogs and maybe having a solo picnic at times. Additionally, Cardiff Castle is absolutely immaculate, and I love Welsh cake! I am definitely PUMPED to explore more of Wales and the rest of the UK!

What advice would you give to someone who wants to study in the UK?

Do your research! A lot of it. There are lots of options for study but find a course and a university that fits you. And it rains a lot, so buy a raincoat and rain boots. Makes life easier.

What are your aspirations? What would you like to do in the future?
I plan on going back to Nepal to work in the mental health field. There’s a lot of progress that needs to be made in terms of mental health services and awareness back home. My main goal in life is to create trauma informed safe spaces for people to share their emotions and vulnerabilities. I want to ensure people get access to quality mental health services at affordable rates. There’s also lack of research on mental health scenarios in context of Nepal and/or South Asia, so I would definitely be tapping into that arena if and when I get the opportunity to.