Why Strathclyde? Stephanie McDermid

Stephanie McDermid was proud to graduate with her Hearing Dog, Andy, alongside her at our November 2017 graduation week. Find out what Stephanie enjoyed most about life at Strathclyde and what she hopes to do now that she's graduated.

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

I studied for the Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling for deaf people back in 2004 and it made sense to come back to further my studies. I love Glasgow!

Why did you choose your course?

I decided to change career after having my daughter and when I had the opportunity to take voluntary redundancy from my job, it seemed the perfect time to resume my counselling studies at Strathclyde. I have been interested in both counselling and psychology for a very long time. I enjoy working with people so this seemed a natural progression for me.

What help and support did you get from the University throughout your studies?

Stephanie McDermid and her Hearing Dog, Andy

I had a lot of support from the University’s Disability Unit.  With their support, I was able to apply for Disabled Student’s Allowance which paid for equipment I needed, such as a loop system to help me hear better. I was also supported by a fantastic team of Electronic Notetakers, so I did not miss a word in class.

I was also, of course, ably assisted by my Hearing Dog. At the start of my course, this was Flint and then when she retired, Andy. My Hearing Dog keeps me safe by letting me know if there is a fire alarm in the building and by supporting my mobility. Both my Hearing Dogs were very popular with my classmates and on campus!

How did it feel to graduate from Strathclyde? How did Andy enjoy the ceremony?

I felt very proud to graduate with Andy beside me. 

Due to various challenges, my course took longer than usual to complete and this made the day extra special for me and my family. Andy looked very smart in his graduation robes and he enjoyed all the attention on the day, including numerous photographic opportunities!

What was the best thing about your course?

I have been extremely lucky to form some close, supportive friendships whilst studying at Strathclyde. I have been given the tools I need to progress in my chosen career.

What did you enjoy most about studying at Strathclyde?

Working alongside fellow students and tutors and the diverse subject matter.

What do you hope to do now that you've graduated?

I hope to set up my own business as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist.