March 2017: Don’t give up – you can do it!

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When the course began back in September I thought this was going to be the longest year of my life – living in a new city, being away from my friends, doing a Masters degree and having to write another dissertation, but here I am now – almost at the end of the second semester.

To be completely honest, part of me thought I would not be able to do it. When the course first started, I felt like an imposter, I felt like I was not supposed to be there – in a room surrounded by people who were probably smarter than me and had it all figured out. I remember asking myself “What are you even doing here? You sure that’s for you? You could’ve at least worked for a year…”

I’m not going to lie – there was a time when I almost dropped out of university. It was for personal reasons and I just remember sitting in one of the classes thinking how this might be my last lecture and how much I would miss all that. But thanks to my advisor, my parents and friends, and my high level of resilience (fellow psychology students know what I mean) I didn’t make what could have been the worst decision of my life. Instead, I told myself I was not a quitter and didn’t give up.

Now, more than half a year later, I’m happy I got the chance to come to Manchester and I’m doing a Masters degree at one of the best universities in the world – something some people can only dream of. I have already started working on my dissertation. I was lucky enough to be selected to complete a project that was offered by the Organisational Psychology course. I will be working together with a local call centre and will investigate what causes the company’s high levels of turnover. I’m happy I was selected for this project as this is an incredible opportunity to get real life experience and work with a real organisation. I’m still at the initial stage of doing research and one of my assignments for this month is to write a 10-page critical literature review on my dissertation topic for my supervisor to read give me feedback on. It is a lot of work but it’s definitely helping me get a clearer picture of what I want my dissertation to look like.

What I want to say is that you should not give up on things you want because you don’t feel worth it or good enough. If you are unsure about whether coming to Manchester Uni is for you because you have never been to the UK before, or think that a Masters degree is too complicated, let me tell you something – you can do it.

Here, is one of my favourite TED Talks about body language which I have probably watched more than 10 times >>

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Mariya Moneva

MSc Organisational Psychology, Class of 2017

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