Kiera, Class of 2019

Psychology with Education (BSc) at the University of Bristol

After graduating from Stamford in the summer, I moved to Bristol to study Psychology with Education in September. With the University of Bristol being my top choice university, it was an absolute dream to finally be in the city to start my degree. With the buzzing theatre and music life as well as the incredibly quirky personalities that roam the streets, it’s definitely been the city for me since the beginning.

Aside from the partying and buzzing nightlife along with meeting crazy amounts of new people where your three main introductory questions would consist of “What’s your name? What do you study? And where do you live?”, I joined the musical theatre society at the university to throw myself back into theatre culture. I was incredibly lucky to be cast in the first show I auditioned for where I got to play Martha in Heathers which I didn’t realize was a dream role of mine until handed the opportunity to play her, even if it was just for ten minutes. Through the show, I got to meet so many wonderful people and although being trapped in a theatre for four days non-stop surrounded by people with tonsilitis lead me to have a throat infection and influenza, it was an experience that I could not be more grateful for. If there is anything I miss from Stamford, it is definitely the people. If I could go back and tell myself a few things at the start of my senior year, it would be the following. Firstly, use your teachers and squeeze every ounce of knowledge out of them while you can, they are your greatest resource. Secondly, cherish every moment and every memory with your friends because, in the blink of an eye, you’re turning your tassles and throwing your caps. Thirdly, don’t overwork yourself and stop stressing because everything will be fine. As Ms. Stein said to me once, you are going to get into university, you are going to get a good job and you are going to be okay. And finally, look after yourself, study hard and be kind to yourself!