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New Beginnings for Sophie

Thursday, 22 December, 2016 -- Helen Wilson

I had the pleasure of returning to Eltham College in November 2016, my last memory being in summer 1994 getting my A-level results. I was successful at getting to study law at Queen Mary & Westfield College. Following the completion of my legal studies and securing a training contract, I took a gap year and travelled to South East Asia and Australia. I trained in a local firm and then moved to London and worked in a variety of legal firms dealing with litigation.

After 12 years of practice I decided that I wanted to pursue my love of Psychology.  In my mind, Law and Psychology complement each other. I was fortunate to be accepted at the University of Surrey where I am currently in my final year of the Psychology BSc. This is a brilliant degree and I have enjoyed every minute of it, even learning statistics. Surrey is very keen to encourage work experience and I spent last year working in the NHS as a psychology assistant in a Children and Adolescents Mental Health Unit. I have gained theoretical knowledge and practical experience in research and have worked as a research assistant throughout the course. This has proved handy as I am currently working on my dissertation which is in combination with a nationwide project to understand adolescents reasoning of legal rights and freedoms to asylum seekers. It was very kind of Eltham College pupils and their Head of Psychology Ms Pokorny for providing us with their input into this research. I shall be in touch with the findings!

It was great to see the school doing so well and I was very excited to hear about the forthcoming developments that are about to commence!

Sophia Coltart née Punwar (1994)