Student profile: Lara Stembridge

Lara is in stage 3 of her BSc Psychology with clinical psychology and a placement year, we have asked her a few questions about her course and her sports scholarship

What have you enjoyed on your course so far?

I was on placement last year and worked at a community mental health hospital working with Older Adults. I was fortunate enough to gain the opportunity to co-write an essay in the World Alzheimer’s Report 2022.

This placement has also given me the opportunity to speak at the UK Dementia Congress this year in Birmingham this November, which I am really looking forward to!

What is it like studying in Canterbury?

Canterbury provides a great environment for both study and social life.

“Campus and town are both always bustling and provide a busy atmosphere which is welcomed after an empty last few years due to the pandemic! Campus is full of things to get involved in, whether this be societies, sporting groups or general socialising.”

I think this really allows students to get to know each other and it feels like a community with friendships that can develop in the most unexpected ways.

Can you describe studying Psychology at Kent in 3 words?

Challenging, inspiring, engaging!

How do you make the most out of campus facilities?

I do use the Kent Sport gym often, especially as I have a sports scholarship and was actually awarded Kent Scholar of the Year 2022 for my 2 consecutive wins at BUCS competing in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. You can read more about this in my Q&A with Kent Sport:

I also work for Kent Union at the Library cafe so I make the most of the facilities at the library when I’m not working there!

What are your fellow students like on the course?

My fellow students are really supportive and encourage me to be the best I can be, by constantly offering questions about topics and engaging in conversations to solidify and expand on the information we are given.

” I feel inspired by fellow students at Kent and really think our year group will go on to achieve incredible things, as we’ve shown strength in the face of adversity during the pandemic and if we can overcome that, we can overcome anything! “

Tell me about one of your favourite memories from first or second year.

Unfortunately both my first and second year of university were affected by the COVID pandemic, however, all my favourite memories involve the people I’ve met while at Kent. I was lucky enough to meet a group of friends and make memories with them that will last forever.

” One of my favourite memories would have to be having a snow day at University in February 2021 and making sledges out of whatever we could find-baking trays and plastic bags! “

Read more about Laura’s journey in this blog published by Alzheimer’s Disease International.