Phd in Psychology of Music (MA in Psychology of Music and MSc in Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience)
I grew up in Houston, Texas before moving to San Antonio, Texas in 2003 to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Here I complete a bachelor’s in Music (2008). At first I wanted to become a public school music teacher, but found that my interests lie elsewhere. I then decided to stay at UTSA to complete a bachelor’s
in Psychology (2009). After graduation I wished to pursue a master’s degree and knew that The University of Sheffield was an excellent school for my field, the psychology of music.
I then decided to moved to Sheffield, England to complete a Master’s in Psychology Music (2009) where I met so many new people and made a lot of friends from around the world. One of my favourite things about living here is the international community! The university recruits a diversity of international students, which means there is always someone new to meet and always a new culture to discover!
In 2009 I wanted to start my PhD at Sheffield, but did not receive a scholarship. I therefore decided to stay in Sheffield to complete an MSc in Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience (2010). With the added experience from my MSc I was able to obtain an international scholarship from The University of Sheffield and so began work on my PhD in Psychology of Music in 2010. After graduating I am hoping to continue my life in England and become an academic researcher.
My advice for prospective students is to come to Sheffield and explore! England has great public transportation so it is easy to travel around the UK and Europe. I also suggest having patience when learning to news of doing things, keeping an open mind when meeting new people, and having a willingness to try new things. You will undoubtedly encounter new foods and new situations. Enjoy the experiences for everything they have to offer!