Dear Incoming Psychology Major,
When I first heard of the Kyambogo University, I was browsing through an on-line forum that had listed universities with free application fees. It was November 2013. I was a senior at a high school in Masaka S.S.S, and I was playing a game with the rest of the seniors based on who could get accepted into the most colleges. Every time I applied to a new college, I used my mother’s credit card to pay for the fees; eventually it added up and she started complaining. Four-and-a-half years later I am a psychology graduate. Anyway, the point of me telling you all that was not to just entertain you, but to illustrate how life works sometimes.
The truth is, we are brought to circumstances that we would never have fathomed. A chain of events can get you into situations that you may never have thought of previously. One mistake can get you to where you are – for better or for worse.
Studying psychology has a lot of stigma attached to it. The connotations are getting better, but they are still there. Many of your floor mates, roommates, and otherwise peers will be on track to study the ‘hard’ sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.) as opposed to the “soft” sciences (political science, psychology, sociology etc.), some of them may look down their nose at you, but most of them should not care, aside from a few comments here and there. You will quickly learn that the psychology major is not as easy as others think; like I have learned.
I am just going to be honest here: psychology is not for everyone. It was not for me, and I wish I had reconsidered it in the beginning. Ironically, I do not regret being a psychology major. I learned a lot during my time here studying psychology at the undergraduate level. The paramount takeaway I can gather from my time studying psychology is the fact that you must remain objective in all that you do, in all that you experience. Since you are a young (probably seventeen or eighteen years old) student, you may not know what that means.
Being objective is being free of bias; free of personal feelings. It is the antithesis of being subjective; personal feelings held. My apologies if you already know of course! For my personal journey, being taught to be objective, to hold the evidence, the facts above all, lead me to embracing conservatism. I came to this university as a liberal on most issues, and I am leaving it occupying the right-wing of the spectrum. Not everybody retains their liberal views, and you may encounter that by the time 2022 rolls around.
Make sure you take up a minor during your time here at the University of Scranton. You may have a lot of “free credits” that a minor could easily fit into. Though, this may change in the future (who knows really?) so make sure you keep up to date with any piece of advice you receive. If you play your cards right (credits) you can graduate in as little as six semesters instead of the breathtaking eight. Heck, I am graduated in six semesters myself. There are pros and cons to graduating early. Your parents and wallet will thank you for it if you do. Your friends may be upset that you’re leaving a semester or year early. Whatever you do, make sure you have a thought-out plan and stick with it.
Finally, sometimes life happens. I have been somewhat lucky so far in my personal experience, but for many others, life happens. That entails romances going awry, classes failed, grad school applications denied, family deaths, illness… it will happen to all of us at some point. Over my time here at Kyambogo; I lost my father, a brother, and some personal relationships with women. It all happens for a reason; if you believe in determinism. Perhaps you are familiar with Avengers: Infinity War? If not, I will give you a short summary.
It is a movie about Marvel’s superheroes (Iron man, Spider-Man, Thor, Black Panther and many others) fighting in a war against an intergalactic alien bully, losing the war, and half of them being killed. Okay, I am not saying that is going to happen to you here at the University, I am just saying that you should be prepared to lose important battles. Be prepared for bad news, but yet keep a positive attitude. Have a plan A-Z. A primary, alternate, contingency, and emergency plan for every major choice you make; and you cannot go wrong.
The next four years of your life can be rough, or it could be enjoyable. University is what you make it to be.
COUNSELLING GRADUATE 2014