Following my BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences and MSc in Clinical Neuroscience, I undertook a Research Assistantship in Psycholinguistics that allowed me to develop my knowledge of how language is processed in the mind and brain. It was during this period that I decided to seek out a doctoral supervisor that would allow me to combine all of my research interests into a single doctoral project. I needed a supervisor that would share my research interests and a university that had the culture and resources that would facilitate my development as an academic. Professor Wydell is a globally renowned researcher known for her work investigating the cognitive and neural processes involved in monolingual and bilingual language and reading processes. The Psychology department had both several members with expertise in neuroimaging and access to EEG and fMRI. This is why I decided to apply to Brunel.
I quickly immersed myself into my studies and with the help of my lovely peers, became absorbed into the vibrant culture of department. The three years that I have been here have permitted me to grow as a researcher, to extend my world-view and more recently to begin my development as an academic through the opportunity to teach. Professor Wydell has, through her mentorship, shown me the standard an innovative academic needs to reach and challenges me to be a better researcher during every meeting. I have also had the chance to be involved in the progress of the research culture in the department as an organizer of a large conference and seminar series, have been a student rep and sit on the College Research Ethics Committee.
Aside from the work, I have met wonderful and diverse people and have even made a life-long friend or few. I particularly enjoy our frequent heated discussions (about everything but psychology!) over coffee. I don’t know what the future holds for me but I do know that the knowledge and skills that I have gained during my time at Brunel will aid me wherever I end up.