Department of Psychology's Best Graduate Awards

April 2018

The Department of Psychology recently organized an honorary event to present the Best Graduate Awards to the top graduates in Bachelor of Psychological Science and Business, Bachelor of Psychological Science and Business (Psychology) (Honours), and Master of Professional Counselling programme for their outstanding academic achievements.

Ms Michelle Lim Hui Sin (Master of Professional Counselling), Mr Chan Jee Kei (Bachelor of Psychological Science and Business (Psychology) (Honours) and Ms Jolynn Chu Ee Ai (Bachelor of Psychological Science and Business) were the exceptional students who won the Best Graduate Award in their respective programmes. Here were their thoughts about their programmes:

Ms Michelle Lim Hui Sin – Best Graduate Award for Master of Professional Counselling

1.What was the exciting part about Master of Professional Counselling (MoPC) for you?

I believe the exciting parts for me were putting theories into practice during my practicum and internship. I had the opportunity to be in the real world, engaged with real clients and be their support by using the knowledge that I have learned from MoPC.
I was nervous due to my limited real-life practice experience in a counselling setting and I did not want to harm my clients in any way through my practice. However, I am truly grateful as I had great supervisors and peers whom I could seek supervision and support from. I also learned a lot from my clients in terms of their culture and experience which then helped me in my other sessions.

2.Were there any challenges you faced as a student during MoPC?

I faced many challenges in terms of my health. With regards to my health, in the second semester of my course, I was diagnosed with Temporamandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder followed by a bad migraine. I was given medications that made me groggy and dizzy and enduring those, I had to do my assignments. In my final semester, one month before my internship hours as well as my thesis were due, I came down with bronchospasm. It was not fun at all. I was given medications that gave me side effects such as causing my hands to tremor and making me feel groggy.

With those side effects, I had to juggle my time and complete my thesis and internship hours. I had many doubts as to whether I could even finish my thesis and internship hours on time. However, I overcame these with my personal motivation to become a counsellor, the support of my family and friends and not forgetting, my faith in God. I had to manage my time really well, sacrificing a lot of leisure time and had to work even on weekends. In the end, my tests became my testimonies. I not only completed my internship hours, thesis and my course altogether but I graduated with amazing results, which I believe is God’s grace.

3.How has the experience as a student of Master of Professional Counselling (MoPC) benefited you?

I believe my experience as a Master of Professional Counselling student has shaped my skills and abilities in a counselling setting especially through my practicum and internship. I also learned to challenge my own cultural misconceptions and stereotypes, while acknowledging the importance of overcoming them to avoid bringing these into a counselling setting.

4.Any advice for the current and future students?

My advice to them would be to hang in there although the journey may be bumpy. One way that helped me finish this course was to continuously remind myself to not only think about the end result but to enjoy the process of becoming a counsellor. If that is really what you want, you will find ways to manage your time and other priorities in life. We all live in an instantaneous world but to get where we want to be at, we have to go through the various hills and valleys. Work hard, press on, get all the support you need and you will do fine! Oh and remember to take care of yourself too!

Mr Chan Jee Kei – Best Graduate Award for Bachelor of Psychological Science and Business (Psychology) (Honours)

1.What was the exciting part about Bachelor of Psychological Science and Business (Psychology) (Honours) for you?

The program incorporated both advanced modules in Psychology as well as a research module, which prepared the students to undertake further training either as a practitioner or as a researcher. For students who wish to pursue a career in Psychology, the program is truly exciting and an eye-opener.

2.Were there any challenges you faced as a student during the program? How did you overcome them?

The program placed a great demand on students both physically and intellectually, as both the course modules and the research project are expected to be completed within a time-frame of roughly eight months. As most students are undertaking an individual research project for the first time, the challenges are aplenty. Time management, or more importantly, energy management is critical to excel in this program. Most of us felt exhausted both physically and psychologically toward the end of the program. Thus, managing our time, our physical and psychological well-beings are the key to overcome these challenges.

3.How has the experience as a student of Bachelor of Psychological Science and Business (Psychology) (Honours) benefited you?

The program gave us more advanced knowledge both in the field of psychology and research. The intellectual training prepared the students to face greater challenges ahead. I personally feel more confident to face my future life ahead, both in term of future studies and personal life.

4.Any advice for the current and future students?

Have passion for the program and you will naturally excel.

Ms Jolynn Chu Ee Ai – Best Graduate Award for Bachelor of Psychological Science and Business

1.What was the exciting part about the program for you?

As the program enables exposure to broad range of topics, I was able to meet lecturers and friends across different fields (in my case, Economics and Psychology). This, indeed, was the most exciting part for me.

2.Were there any challenges you faced as a student during the program? How did you overcome them?

The most challenging part for me was time management. There was once when I had four back-to-back papers in three days during one of the final exams of one of the final exams. The only way to do well is to start preparing early and never wait until the last minute.

3.How has the experience as a student of Bachelor of Psychological Science and Business benefited you?

It allows me to develop different perspectives. It also provides me greater flexibility to choose what I want to do in the future, be it study or work.

4.Any advice for the current and future students?

Work hard and persevere! At the same time, have some fun and try to find a balance between study and social life.