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Rubaiya Upoma

Rubaiya Upoma

Rubaiya is a final year BSc Psychology student in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. She chose City for the breadth of her course content.

What made you apply to City?  

The wide range of psychological areas covered in the degree and the fact that the course is BPS accredited.

What were the most important resources for you in helping you to make a decision?  

I was able to find all the information I needed on the City website. Being classified as international student despite living in London, tuition fees played a major role in my decision.

What is your favourite thing about studying at City?

My favourite thing – at least for my course – is how passionate and knowledgeable the academic staff seem to be of their respective field. It really comes across in the way they speak during lectures and how willing they are to talk about it more, should you want to.

What kind of things are you involved in outside your course?

I am a part of the Anime & Manga Society, as well as the soon-to-be-official K-pop & K-drama society. I am also a writer for the Student Media, Culture and Arts section (it’s called The Howl – I recommend everyone to go visit the site!)

Other than that, I am also a student ambassador representing City and a Widening Participation ambassador, promoting Higher Education. I am also a Widening Participation tutor and mentor.

Have you had the opportunity to do any placements or work experience?          

I did indeed! I had the opportunity to spend my placement year at GSK’s Learning and Development team in HR in its London headquarters.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I haven’t quite decided yet, but I am considering a number of different options. Those include a graduate scheme within HR and the Civil Service Fast Stream. I definitely wish to complete a PhD degree one day, but haven’t decided on what yet.

What would be your top tip for our applicants?

Always aim for gold and give things your best shot. What happens afterwards, happens. The time spent calculating the minimum needed to achieve X or Y can be spent working towards the best possible outcome instead.