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lunarcat522lunarcat522 Posts: 484 Listening Ear
Hi I'm Sam (she/her) and I'm new to the Mix.

I'm a student currently studying Social Sciences including Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, History, Politics and Research Issues. I'm extremely passionate about Psychology and hope to study it at University next year by articulation to year 2. In particular, I'm extremely passionate and interested in mental health as it has been something I have struggled with in the past, and would like to help others similar to myself as I find this very rewarding. I'm also a young carer for my brother.

I love cats, Grey's Anatomy, reading (including all of Alice Oseman's books!), and listening to music. I currently volunteer at a local bookshop and I also volunteered at a community larder until it's closure earlier this year.

I also have a cat called Vada who is very cute! 🐈

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    JJLemon18JJLemon18 Community Champion Posts: 1,956 Extreme Poster
    Hiya Sam, it's nice to meet you. Welcome to the community! Vada is absolutely adorable, aww the smile! :D Looking forward to seeing you around. Take care!
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    sinead276sinead276 Posts: 1,131 Wise Owl
    Hey @lunarcat522 and welcome to the mix - it's great to have you here and see your passion for mental health and psychology. Hope to see you around more on the boards in the future

    Sending Hugs
    Sinead

    P.S - I also agree that Vada is soooo cute :3
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    CaniceQCaniceQ Posts: 122 The Mix Convert
    Hi @lunarcat522, welcome to the community :) Vada is soo beautiful, I've always wanted a cat.
    CaniceQ
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    Amy22Amy22 Posts: 4,149 Community Veteran
    Hi @lunarcat522 Vada is so pretty and stunning. I really want a cat now :). Hope you enjoy it here as much as I do. It sounds like you got some lovely hobbies. Speaking of Alice Oesman I got Heartstopper volume 1 and Loveless and Solitare but I haven't read them yet but I'm hoping too at some point. <3
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    LydsRose9LydsRose9 Posts: 106 The Mix Convert
    Hey @lunarcat522 - welcome to the mix! It’s great to have you here☺️

    What you’re studying sounds so interesting and it’s great you want to use it to help others.
    Vada is sooo cute! I love cats - I have two, Ed and Nellie (note the heartstopper link!).

    I look forward to seeing you around😁
    Keep fighting the good fight!
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    yanayana Community Champion Posts: 1,294 Wise Owl
    hey sam! welcome to the mix :) I hope you're doing ok <3

    FIRST OF ALL I LOVE HEARTSTOPPER AND RADIO SILENCE AND LOVELESS AND SOLITAIRE AND AAH ALICE OSEMAN IS SO GREAT and secondly VADA IS SO SO ADORABLE I JUST WANNA STEAL HER OMG SHE'S SO CUTE!!!!!

    I also wanna study psychology in uni for exactly the same reasons :) hopefully we'll be able to make a huge positive difference in someone's life one day. are you currently doing a levels? how is sociology and criminology? I'm also super interested in those things but I don't have enough knowledge on them to know if maybe they're something I'd wanna go deeper into at uni or something idk.

    sorry for such a rambley reply to your first post lol but I have to ask one last thing...what music do u like?
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    _Tech_Addict_Girl_Tech_Addict_Girl Posts: 1,489 Wise Owl
    Hello @lunarcat522 Welcome to the mix I hope you enjoy it here:) also your cat looks nice and cuddly 😊
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    AzzimanAzziman Moderator, Community Champion Posts: 1,920 Extreme Poster
    Welcome @lunarcat522 - glad to have you on board! :)
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    ebyrne556ebyrne556 Moderator Posts: 889 Part of The Mix Family
    heya welcome to the mix lovely to have u as part of the community and btw ur cat is adorable
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    lunarcat522lunarcat522 Posts: 484 Listening Ear
    @Xee I love Solitaire and Loveless too! They're probably my favourite Alice Oseman books. Have you watched season 2 of Heartstopper on Netflix? It's really good. I'm not usually into anything romance, especially in books but Alice is so talented, I really enjoy her work.

    I'm currently doing a HND which is just above A levels I think? It's equivalent to Year 1 and 2 of university but I'm doing this course at a college. I did my Highers last year which is the same sort of level as A levels I think? Sociology is really interesting, there's a lot of theories. I find it quite difficult initially to grasp concepts in it but I do enjoy it. We've covered different takes on what influences society whether it's social structures (education, work etc) or if it's individuals that then influence these things, as well as studies. I have no idea what criminology is like as we only get to do it starting this year but I'm looking forward to it. We've been told for our course it will be quite theory heavy so I'm assuming there will be stuff like labelling theory possibly covered. We start in September.

    Springpod is quite a good website for exploring different subjects, they have 'subject spotlights' which are essentially tasters of what degrees in various subjects might cover/look like. There's some in criminology that are quite good.

    Honestly my music taste changes a lot but I currently like some Conan Grey, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles and Wolf Alice. My favourite songs at the moment are probably Wonderland -Taylor Swift and The Beach -Wolf Alice.
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    lunarcat522lunarcat522 Posts: 484 Listening Ear
    @ebyrne556 Thank you so much, I'm excited to be here. I've signed up to be a Peer Supporter but I'm still figuring everything out on here!
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    lunarcat522lunarcat522 Posts: 484 Listening Ear
    @Amy22 I absolutely love Solitaire and Loveless because of how much I relate to each of them! I'm hoping to listen to Solitaire on audiobook at some point as I think Jenny Walser has recorded a cover and she is Tori in the TV series of Heartstopper.
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    Laura_tigger82Laura_tigger82 Moderator Posts: 5,141 Part of The Furniture
    Thank you for wanting to help the community @lunarcat522. If there's anything at all we can do to help whilst you figure it all out, please do not hesitate to give us a shout and we'll do what we can to help. P.S. I also love heartstopper and it was a binge-watcher series for me a couple of weekends ago :p
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    Amy22Amy22 Posts: 4,149 Community Veteran
    @Amy22 I absolutely love Solitaire and Loveless because of how much I relate to each of them! I'm hoping to listen to Solitaire on audiobook at some point as I think Jenny Walser has recorded a cover and she is Tori in the TV series of Heartstopper.

    omg I got Loveless and Solitaire I haven't read them yet cause my focus is bad lol. I have heard they are very good I will need to read them!
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    yanayana Community Champion Posts: 1,294 Wise Owl
    Honestly my music taste changes a lot but I currently like some Conan Grey, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles and Wolf Alice. My favourite songs at the moment are probably Wonderland -Taylor Swift and The Beach -Wolf Alice.

    YOU SEEM SO COOL I LOVE YOUR MUSIC TASTE OMG also I've been to a conan gray concert and I got tickets to the eras tour 😎✌️

    I haven't watched s2 heartstopper because if I'm honest I didn't finish s1...I just got really depressed watching it because it made me feel super single 😭 Which doesn't make sense because I'm more than happy to read romance, just not watch it.
    I'm currently doing a HND which is just above A levels I think? It's equivalent to Year 1 and 2 of university but I'm doing this course at a college. I did my Highers last year which is the same sort of level as A levels I think? Sociology is really interesting, there's a lot of theories. I find it quite difficult initially to grasp concepts in it but I do enjoy it. We've covered different takes on what influences society whether it's social structures (education, work etc) or if it's individuals that then influence these things, as well as studies. I have no idea what criminology is like as we only get to do it starting this year but I'm looking forward to it. We've been told for our course it will be quite theory heavy so I'm assuming there will be stuff like labelling theory possibly covered. We start in September.

    Springpod is quite a good website for exploring different subjects, they have 'subject spotlights' which are essentially tasters of what degrees in various subjects might cover/look like. There's some in criminology that are quite good

    Wait that's so cool I've literally never heard of a HDN. I would look into it now you've said that but it might be a bit too late. Wait can you go to uni with a HDN? Like do unis accept that? About finding it difficult to grasp concepts... that's what makes it so fun!! It's so interesting compared to something like maths where the concept you have to grasp is just numbers and letters and logical steps to solve a problem. And thanks, I'll check out springpod :)

    I hope you're having a wonderful sunday!!
    my brain is not braining the way brains are meant to brain
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    Amy22Amy22 Posts: 4,149 Community Veteran
    @Xee I like Conan Gray I used to follow his youtube channel and stuff I should get back into listening to his music. Your so lucky to have seen him! I'd love to meet him someday
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    lunarcat522lunarcat522 Posts: 484 Listening Ear
    Amy22 wrote: »
    Hi @lunarcat522 Vada is so pretty and stunning. I really want a cat now :). Hope you enjoy it here as much as I do. It sounds like you got some lovely hobbies. Speaking of Alice Oesman I got Heartstopper volume 1 and Loveless and Solitare but I haven't read them yet but I'm hoping too at some point. <3

    Tell me what you think, they're really good! I'm a bit devastated I didn't go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as Alice Oseman was there!
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    lunarcat522lunarcat522 Posts: 484 Listening Ear
    Xee wrote: »

    YOU SEEM SO COOL I LOVE YOUR MUSIC TASTE OMG also I've been to a conan gray concert and I got tickets to the eras tour 😎✌️

    I haven't watched s2 heartstopper because if I'm honest I didn't finish s1...I just got really depressed watching it because it made me feel super single 😭 Which doesn't make sense because I'm more than happy to read romance, just not watch it.

    Wait that's so cool I've literally never heard of a HDN. I would look into it now you've said that but it might be a bit too late. Wait can you go to uni with a HDN? Like do unis accept that? About finding it difficult to grasp concepts... that's what makes it so fun!! It's so interesting compared to something like maths where the concept you have to grasp is just numbers and letters and logical steps to solve a problem. And thanks, I'll check out springpod :)

    I hope you're having a wonderful sunday!!

    Thanks! Honestly it's weird I've never been seen as cool haha! I get what you mean with heartstopper, Isaac is a character I really relate to as I'm aroace so it made me super happy seeing that representation on screen. Hope you enjoy the eras tour I'm sure it will be great!

    It's interesting that you can read romance but struggle to watch it, I'm the opposite, it all seems the same when it's on paper! My only exception is Heartstopper but I guess it's a bit different because they're graphic novels.

    Yeah HND's are higher national diplomas (level 8) that are often offered at colleges and sometimes Uni's I think (but I haven't really looked into it). It's equivalent to Year 1 and 2 of University so often you can articulate to year 2 (sometimes year 3 at uni) after completing it. Often there's agreements made with colleges and universities as they will look at the content covered to work out the best pathways.

    https://scqf.org.uk/about-the-framework/interactive-framework/

    You can also do HNC's which are Higher national certificates (level 7) where after completion you could go on to year 1 of university or do a HND. There are lots of different ones out there, I'm doing Social Sciences but my friend is doing Film and TV!

    I did a HND because I had really poor mental health at school and HND's only needed 2 passes at Higher which I think is equivalent to A-levels...? I ended up leaving with 4 highers but it's a really good pathway as it taught me how to reference for different subjects e.g. Harvard referencing for sociology and most subjects really, APA for psychology.

    It ended up being a really good stepping stone for me as my confidence has increased hugely.

    https://universitycompare.com/advice/student/hnd
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    Katie12Katie12 Posts: 264 The Mix Regular
    hi @lunarcat522 ! I am currently studying psychology at university and am really enjoying it! I also love watching greys anatomy!! I was wondering if you had a favourite episode or storyline?
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    VicK_toriousVicK_torious Posts: 107 The Mix Convert
    Hii @lunarcat522 ! Welcome to the Mix <3 I have graduated from Psychology, and I'm also ery very very passionate about it too! Have you thought what would you like to do with a degree in psych?

    Take care :3
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    lunarcat522lunarcat522 Posts: 484 Listening Ear
    @Katie12 I'm not sure I really enjoyed Jo's storyline and also Amelia. I'm not sure if you've watched private practice but it's a spin off of Grey's anatomy and focuses more on Amelia and Addison. I always like the episodes where they cover mental health issues like with Jo, Levi, Miranda and Andrew Deluca. I always think it's really insightful.
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    lunarcat522lunarcat522 Posts: 484 Listening Ear
    @vicky_zin I'm not too sure, I was considering becoming a therapist but that needs a lot of mental/emotional strength. I'm thinking possibly going the full way to get a doctorate and then go into research as I think that's something I'd really enjoy. To be honest I just want to be able to go into something where I can help people.
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    Emma_Emma_ Community Manager Posts: 601 Incredible Poster
    @lunarcat522 absolutely loveee Greys and PP - Addison, Jo and Amelia hold my heart <3 I've rewatched it many times but keep seeing Tiktoks of edits, so I think that's the best excuse just to watch it again :D
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    lunarcat522lunarcat522 Posts: 484 Listening Ear
    @Emma_ I'd love to rewatch it but there's so much that goes on so I think I'll just patiently wait for season 20!
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    Amy22Amy22 Posts: 4,149 Community Veteran
    Amy22 wrote: »
    Hi @lunarcat522 Vada is so pretty and stunning. I really want a cat now :). Hope you enjoy it here as much as I do. It sounds like you got some lovely hobbies. Speaking of Alice Oesman I got Heartstopper volume 1 and Loveless and Solitare but I haven't read them yet but I'm hoping too at some point. <3

    Tell me what you think, they're really good! I'm a bit devastated I didn't go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as Alice Oseman was there!

    Wait Alice Oseman was there?. I would have loved to have gone but I can't drive right now lol I will read them I need to so bady
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    Katie12Katie12 Posts: 264 The Mix Regular
    @lunarcat522 Yes i love private practice as well!! I agree that the MH storylines are always very interesting <3
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    kaiikaii Posts: 478 Listening Ear
    Hey @lunarcat522, welcome to the community! Hope you enjoy it here and I hope you're doing well! :3<3
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    Terry8936Terry8936 Posts: 271 The Mix Regular
    Hi @lunarcat522 welcome to the community!
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    Emma_Emma_ Community Manager Posts: 601 Incredible Poster
    @Emma_ I'd love to rewatch it but there's so much that goes on so I think I'll just patiently wait for season 20!

    Yes! I really can't believe it's still going. Personally I think the best series were 7-11 so I often just rewatch those and then season 3-6 of Private Practice! I also loveee all of Station 19
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    lunarcat522lunarcat522 Posts: 484 Listening Ear
    Fair enough, for some reason I struggled to get into Station 19 but I know a lot of people love it! I wish Private Practice had more seasons.
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