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Ditte Ylva Lisesdatter

Statistics Instructor and MA Student at Ylve Lisesdatter profile pic Copenhagen University  

BSc Psychology, 2011

What made you choose Middlesex University?

I chose Middlesex for quite a few reasons. Firstly, because the psychology department was being refurbished at the time with brand new labs and seminar rooms, which obviously added to the student experience. The Hendon Campus location was also relatively close to London, whilst still being affordable and comfortably away from the city stress. Furthermore, the Danish Government acknowledged Middlesex in such a way that it allowed me to receive the national student grant (Student Support, the Danish S.U.). Finally, I saw on the homepage that Middlesex was an international environment allowing many international students to receive their degree, which also attracted my attention.

What attracted you to your course and made you apply?

I knew from quite a young age that I wanted to study psychology. However, due to a combination of wanting to get away from Denmark to experience more of the world and the fierce competition for places at Copenhagen University, I decided to go abroad. At the time, London seemed like a good choice with its reputation as a metropolitan city and exciting place for students.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?

I am not quite sure, I was quite dedicated and enjoyed lectures and lab classes alike, but one aspect that does stand out was the immense support I received from the lecturers. They helped me to aspire to achieve beyond what I thought I was capable of.

What is your fondest memory of life at Middlesex?

I would have to say meeting people from all around the world. As exciting as my course was, I learned as much by just talking to different people. I was lucky enough to have time to devote myself to societies and campaigns alongside my studies, which enabled me to meet and get to know people with a completely different perspective on life and the world.

What one piece of advice would you give to a prospective student interested in studying at Middlesex?

Get involved. Devote yourself to getting as much out of the experience as you can. These are years you will never get back and they are the perfect time to grow as a person, both in and outside the context of your course.

How did your course and time at Middlesex help you to get where you are professionally today?

Today I am a Master student at Copenhagen University and without a good degree from Middlesex it would never have been possible. I also have a job as a statistics instructor, which is a facilitator of seminars for the bachelor students. Attending Stephen Nunn's lectures and lab classes most definitely played a key role in me acquiring enough knowledge for this role.

Why did you choose the career you studied for?

In the long term I aspire to become a researcher. The support I had for my dissertation from my supervisor, Paul DeMornay Davies, and the other lecturers, allowed me to learn from my mistakes and find joy in discovering new knowledge.

What does the future hold for you?

If all goes well you will see publications coming out within a couple of years and my name on the staff member list at Copenhagen University or perhaps the Drug Research Centre. The world is still open to me and it is difficult to predict where it all ends, which is a positive as it means my journey is ongoing.

What are the top three career tips you would give to current students and recent graduates?

Keep your eyes open for opportunities; spend time searching for your passion; once you have found your passion, devote your life to it but don't lose sight of the importance of family and friends. Your job will keep you engaged and add meaning to your life but it does not call you when you are sick or take care of you after a hard day. Find a good balance that works for you long-term.

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