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Student Stories: Finding your own way by Tyra Douglas

Hi, I am Tyra Douglas, a 2nd year Experimental Psychology student at Wadham College. I am also involved in a variety of outreach programmes, such as being a student ambassador for Wadham College, and a Zero Gravity mentor - both are great experiences and have been invaluable in my personal development.

The journey so far

I am a second year studying Experimental Psychology at Wadham College. My time at Oxford so far has definitely been a rollercoaster. It was a massive jump from sixth form, and I don't think I was ready for the level of independence, not only in studying but also trying to navigate socialising and, rather embarrassingly, I didn't even know how to use the washing machine when I got here(!). Outside of my studies I like to crochet and weightlift. I have also recently got back into reading for pleasure (when I have the time!) and I am currently reading 'Biased' by Jennifer Eberhardt. 

Advice to my younger self

As cliché as it sounds, I would definitely tell my younger self to stop comparing herself to others, everyone goes through their own journey and it's ok if you don't grasp everything at first! More importantly, I would also say to reach out for support sooner - whether that is study advice, careers advice, or mental health support. Oxford has a number of great services to help you, so don't feel like you need to struggle on your own.

Looking to the future

I must admit I don't know what the future holds, but I would love to be involved with more student outreach events, given that I would not be at Oxford without the support from Target Oxbridge! I have recently become a Target Oxbridge ambassador, and hope to give talks to schools in my local borough. In terms of getting involved in extra-curricular work - Zero Gravity is always on the look out for new mentors, and there are, at least for Wadham, numerous ambassador training sessions throughout the year - so I would highly recommend signing up even if you are hesitant to do so.