My name is Rasha Mashmoushi and I am originally from Lebanon. I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2006 where I completed a one year Master’s programme in Educational Psychology. Two years after completing the Master’s Degree at the University of Bristol, I joined a Doctorate programme in Applied Educational Psychology and graduated in 2010. I worked after that for a couple of years as an Educational Psychologist in different local authorities in England. I currently work in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as an Assistant Professor and as Director of Academic Support Services at dar Al-Hekam College.
The year that I spent in Bristol was one of the best years of my life. It was the first time I experienced living abroad and was away from my family and home. I learnt so much at Bristol, not only in my studies but I also developed a lot as a person. The exposure I received as a student at the University of Bristol was amazing. Having the opportunity to meet people from all around the world and getting to know about other cultures and ways of living was brilliant. It made me develop so much and be more open to different ways of thinking and viewing the world.
The support I received from my professors on the different courses I took was unforgettable. I remember as well my supervisor for my thesis, Dr Paul Howard-Jones, who was such a great inspiration. He always pushed me forward and challenged me in the most positive ways. The Master’s degree that I completed at the University of Bristol made me realise my passion for the field of Educational Psychology and it made me want to pursue further studies in this field.
I really want to thank everyone at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol for all the support they showed me when I was there and for making my time there unforgettable.