I always had an interest in psychology as a degree, but I was torn between whether I wanted to do sports or child psychology.
One of my favourite parts of moving to London and studying at UEL is the diversity of the people I've met and hearing about their stories. I grew up in Mayo, Ireland where the people around me were born and raised there, everyone knows everyone, and a common night out would involve going to the pub and hearing an acoustic cover of Wonderful. Whilst I enjoyed my childhood in Mayo, there weren't many work opportunities and a lot of my family members moved to London.
I didn't grow up with loads of money and studying in London didn't seem like an option for me. I applied for the Vice Chancellor Scholarship and getting it has meant I can live in halls and get the full university experience.
Sport was a big part of my household growing up – my brother and I did rugby, tennis and water polo. I was familiar with sport as a stress reliever which can help us become more resilient but also as another source of stress for young people and their mental health.
I remember when I was looking into doing sports psychology, my brother was working as a physio in one of the London football clubs and the sports psychologist was female. Seeing her there was so encouraging to me and showed me that pursuing a career in sport as a woman is possible. I hope to also set that same example to any woman that aspires towards a career in sport.