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Rachel Stanton

A day in the life of a psychology student


Do you want to use your knowledge and experience to help others? A degree in psychology could be for you. But what does that look like day-to-day?

We asked Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Laws student Rachel Stanton to describe an average day.

8.30am

“Time to wake up. I grab a quick cup of coffee and get myself ready for a long day. A bowl of cereal later and I’m out the door to catch the train to uni.”

10am – 12pm

“I arrive at Strathfield Campus and head to my first class of the day. I have a two-hour learning and behaviour lecture.

I love studying a double degree because topics from psychology cross over into law and vice versa. It is really interesting to be able to apply my knowledge in different fields.” 

12 – 1pm

“Straight after the lecture, I have the learning and behaviour tutorial. Tutorials are great to consolidate what we have covered in the lecture and ask questions. It is also good to revise by re-watching lectures online.”

1 – 2pm 

“Time to catch the train from Strathfield to North Sydney for my law classes. Luckily for me there is no need to change trains, and it is a very quick ride straight from Strathfield to North Sydney.” 

2 – 4pm

“Next I have my commercial law lecture. In law, we have two pro-bono units where we work in a law firm for a few weeks to gain experience. It is fantastic having the opportunity to engage in different areas of law, learn valuable skills and obtain real life experience. In psychology, we can participate in honours research projects. It is really interesting seeing different students’ topics and the way they conduct their research.”

Psychology student Rachel Stanton

Rachel Stanton

4 – 6pm

“Next, I have my last class of the day, the commercial law tutorial. I enjoy having the tutorial straight after the lecture, being able to put the content into practice by discussing problem questions. I chose to study at ACU because of the small class sizes, which foster better communication with our lecturers. This makes ACU a friendly and personal place to study and I love studying here.”

6 – 8.45pm

“After uni, I race to my Australian Fencing Squads (I am an elite athlete). Squads start at 6pm and they are happy for me to get there as soon as I can.”

9pm

“After I’ve finished fencing squads, I head home for a shower and dinner. This is my longest day with subjects from both my degrees. Other days I have either psychology or law so I only attend one campus. I also have two weekdays with no classes, leaving me free to work or do my assignments.”

10pm – 1am

“Before bed, I spend a few hours studying and working on my assignments. All my subjects so far have had two assignments throughout the semester (worth 50 per cent) and a final exam (worth the remaining 50 per cent)." 
 
After graduating from uni, I would love to work in a top-tier commercial law firm, using my psychology degree to understand human behaviour.

Interested in a study experience like Rachel’s? Explore psychology at ACU.

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Impact brings you compelling stories, inspiring research, and big ideas from ACU. It's about the impact we’re having on our communities, and our Mission in action. It’s a practical resource for career, life and study.

At ACU it’s education, but not as you know it. We stand up for people in need, and causes that matter.

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Copyright@ Australian Catholic University 1998-2019 | ABN 15 050 192 660 CRICOS Reg: 00004G