Psychology student named student of the year


CSU student Caitlin Wilcox has gained wide recognition for her high academic achievement and personal dedication to her field of study.

Caitlin studies a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and was named the Pearson NSW Student of the Year Award in the social sciences and psychology category.

Caitlin has also participated in international volunteer work. Having recently arrived back from rural India, she said “I really had no idea initially about how vast and complex the human mind could be.”

She has high hopes for the future as she wants to improve the lives of ordinary Australians in rural communities. Her ultimate goal is to open a rural clinic specialising in eating disorders.

“I found that there really isn’t all that much support for those with more severe psychological disorders such as an eating disorder or schizophrenia. This often results in people having to travel vast distances to the city. This also splits families up when they need to be together most,” she said.

As part of the application, Caitlin was required to make a short video presentation on her studies which was judged by an expert panel.

Caitlin was nominated for the award by academic Dr Rachel Hogg, from CSU’s School of Psychology and described her as a “disciplined, competent, organised, and receptive student.”

“What makes Caitlin an outstanding student is her work ethic,” said Rachel.

“Caitlin works very hard academically, but she also cares about human lives and connecting people with their own potential. Her sense of global citizenship in part inspired me to nominate her for this award.”

Caitlin will also shortly commence her Honours project, which she aims to complete in 2018 #studentgoals.

The Pearson Student of the Year Award is presented to Australian students who have demonstrated outstanding effort in seven fields of study, including social sciences and psychology. Students must be nominated by an academic from their course and submit a short video presentation.

Source: CSU News

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