I have just completed my Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours at the Coffs Harbour campus. This one year program comprised of both coursework and research, and equipped me with the knowledge and skills to gain provisional registration as a psychologist here in Australia. This course is accredited by both the Australian Psychological Association (APS) and the Psychology Board of Australia, thus being a springboard to greater things in life such as gaining supervised practice and a master’s degree.
Being an international student, it is not easy to adjust to the Australian way of life while completing this gruelling programme. However, the various resources such as the Academic Skills and Careers Development Office have helped me greatly in this endeavour.
All the support that I have received, coupled with my own effort have culminated in the completion of a full honours thesis. While most (if not all) other universities only require students to submit the fruits of their research in written form, Southern Cross University allows its students to present their findings at a conference and publish their abstract in a journal. We also reporters from the local television station, NBN interview and observe our presentations.
Recognition is important to psychology honours students because we can address issues that arise within the real world, pertaining to our area of expertise. In the future, it is likely that we will continue to do more of this kind of work so this exposure is really important for our career and personal development.