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Student views: Steven di Costa

How did you first get interested in Psychology?

I realised that everything I chose to read in my spare time was in one way or another concerned with the brain or psychological experiences. I had so many unanswered questions and wanted to actively seek out the answers.

Why did you choose to study Psychology at City?

The strong reputation for research at City was very attractive: I looked into some of the work done by the Psychology lecturers and thought they would be amazing people to learn from.

Since moving here from Australia in 2002, London has very much become my home. I always knew that when I started studying London would be my first choice of location. The convenience of City's location means one can make the most of opportunities that arise at other London universities, like seminars and workshops. This has made collaboration projects possible, which not only benefits me but City and the wider psychological community as well.

What's been your favourite topic or module so far?

Biological Psychology, which examines how the brain gives rise to behaviour. The brain is endlessly fascinating; there are so many unanswered questions about even the simplest of human experiences.

Any advice for someone considering your course?

Make sure Psychology is what you think it is. Read the course outline and look at what happens in all the modules, not just the ones that appeal to you. Approach it with an open mind and be prepared to think scientifically about the mind and behaviour.

How do you think City will help you with getting a job?

I've been offered a lot of support from City for my future ambitions. The members of the faculty that I'm most in contact with have taken an active interest in my plans and been extremely helpful in providing advice and helping me to get in contact with relevant people both within City and beyond.

City's ambition is to be in the top 2% of universities in the world by 2016. What will you be doing in 2016?

I hope to be actively researching in cognitive neuroscience. There are so many exciting developments underway in the Psychology department here at City, I'd be very pleased to be contributing to the institutions's goals, either from within or as a collaborator.