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Meet Daniel Peter from Hungary

Student of Master of Science in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology


"Being a Unipd student has given me so many things already, including friends, knowledge, creativity, and lifelong experiences, and I know that there is more to come" 


Meet Daniel Peter

About myself 

My name is Daniel, and I'm from Hungary. After finishing high school in Budapest, I moved to a small city called Pecs, where I pursued my bachelor's in psychology. Ever since I was a child, I loved travelling and exploring new places. As I grew older, I became convinced that one of the best ways to get to know a foreign country is by studying in one. During my high school years, I was fortunate enough to have the chance to explore Italy. My class took a field trip to Italy almost every year, so falling in love with the culture, the food, and the people was simply inevitable.
The reason why I chose to study and pursue a career in psychology was that I have always had a strong motivation to help people. Once I started my bachelor's, I became sure that I had chosen the right path. In addition to studying, I started volunteering at the children's hospital. Throughout those three years, my field of interest completely shifted towards clinical work, especially clinical neuropsychology.
I began looking for master's programmes in Europe, and when I found the Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology programme at UNIPD, I just knew it was the right fit for me. There aren't many programmes, not just in Europe, that offer the same training as this one. I started the programme in October 2022, and now I already am in my second year. As a student, my experiences from my first and second years are quite different.
The first year was more focused on giving us an overview of all the aspects of this field, showing us the possibilities to have a well-founded knowledge upon which we can build in the future. I particularly enjoyed the neuroanatomy course because of its practical lessons, as well as the courses focused on intelligence, psychiatry, neuropsychological assessment, evaluation, and rehabilitation, where we gained strong knowledge and skills on how to conduct cognitive screening and formulate diagnoses.
The second year is more focused on laboratories, internships, and the thesis, which form the practical side of the degree. Next February I will start my internship at the university hospital, where I can learn more about how a clinical neuropsychologist works. As I'm very interested in the assessment and classification of cognitive impairment in different neurodegenerative disorders, especially in movement disorders like Parkinson's disease, I plan to write my thesis on that.
Being a UNIPD student has given me so many things already, including friends, knowledge, creativity, and lifelong experiences, and I know that there is more to come.

    What are the main features of the Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology degree programme? Why would you suggest it to other students?    

One of the strongest features of the Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology degree programme is its diversity. Students admitted to this programme may choose a wide variety of subjects to study and become familiar with. The study track covers an array of topics, ranging from neuroimaging techniques, neuroanatomy, social and developmental psychology, to machine learning, MATLAB, and animal models, and extends to more clinical subjects such as neuropsychology, neurology, and psychiatry.
Brain research, neuroscience, and cognition are all considered "hot topics" in today’s scientific world, and clinical neuropsychology, being a crucial and a relatively new field of psychology, positions students with knowledge in these areas for a promising future. The programme maintains a well-balanced mix of theoretical and practical courses, ensuring that students seldom lack the necessary lexical knowledge during laboratory sessions.
I would recommend this course to anyone who has a general interest in exploring the human mind and understanding the connection between brain and behaviour. Moreover, due to its multifaceted nature, this programme is suitable for those who are still contemplating whether to pursue a path in research or clinical work.

    What did you like most about your time at UNIPD?    

There are two things I’m most grateful for from the time I spent at UNIPD: the practical knowledge I have acquired and my friends. Since I knew from the beginning that I wanted to become a neuropsychologist, it was especially important for me to learn the most important diagnostic and assessment methods in the field, which I certainly did. Mostly during the laboratories, which are the perfect places for asking questions, practicing, and trying things out yourself, but also during some of the courses where professors put more emphasis on teaching and conveying knowledge by showing videos, interpreting test scores together, and talking about their own methods and experiences. I think these are the aspects that students should really cherish, appreciate, and get the most out of. I know I learned the most during these courses, and they are the reason why I’m sure now that this is the right path for me.
The other aspect is the amazing group of friends I made. Counting from the very first day I got here, I never once felt alone or lost because of all the great, funny, and like-minded people I met and became friends with within my programme. I will never forget the memories we made together, and I know that even after we graduate, we will stay in touch.

    What advice would you give to students wishing to study abroad?    

I have some advice, and it might sound like a cliché, but do your research and get prepared. After you come up with the idea of studying abroad, the next step should be taking the time to read every possible webpage, newsletter, review, etc., about the university, and especially about the programme you want to apply to. Even if it takes a lot of time and effort, it is worth it because by becoming familiar with the country’s regulations, the university’s application and enrollment procedures, and the housing situation, you will be able to create an application portfolio that is in line with the degree programme you choose.
Furthermore, if you do all this by the time the semester starts, you will feel confident about yourself and about this new chapter in your life, giving you the freedom to focus your energies on making friends, meeting people, getting to know your professors and your courses, and assimilating in general. If they are offered, attend the open events and online seminars of the university, as they provide a good opportunity to ask questions to the staff and dispel any doubts you may have.
One short additional piece of advice: start learning the language. Even if your course is in English, speaking the language of the country can greatly contribute to your success and open new opportunities for you.

    Do you have any tips to share about how to build a successful profile?    

This advice may seem basic, but its importance cannot be overstated: secure strong references from your previous teachers or professors. Those reviewing your application not only aim to understand who you are but are also keen on obtaining a third person's perspective. Consider how these people perceived you during your collaboration and what kind of impressions they formed. When selecting a reference, be discerning. It doesn't have to be your favourite teacher; instead, choose someone for whom you've academically demonstrated your capabilities, and whose research aligns with both your interests and the features of the programme you are applying to. When requesting a letter of recommendation, provide details about your desired programme, and perhaps share information about your extracurricular activities. This allows them to include these aspects into their recommendation.

    Why did you decide to study in Padua and how have you found the experience so far?    

I decided to study in Padua for two main reasons: first, because of the Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology course, which is a renowned and unique programme in Europe, and second, because of the absorbing and welcoming atmosphere of the city. When I was in high school, I visited Padua with my class, and I vividly remember going to the university building, admiring those beautiful facilities, and learning about its history from my teachers. I was mesmerised and I hoped that one day I would have the opportunity to study there. Needless to say, I was more than happy when I found out I was accepted for my master’s degree in Padua — a world-class university with professors and scientists from around the globe, situated in a city where student life flourishes, and opportunities abound for everyone. Of course, there were some challenging times. For instance, I had to navigate through the unfavourable housing situation, but with some creativity and luck, I secured the perfect apartment with the perfect flatmates in Venezia-Mestre, which is just a 15-minute train ride away from Padua. The first exam period was tough, and finding an internship place presented its own set of challenges. However, every low point was followed by significant highs. Overall, I can confidently say that studying in Padua has been one of the greatest experiences of my life.

    Tell me a bit about student life in Italy. What do you do for fun and where are your favourite places to spend time?    

The university and its students are integral parts of Padua, and as such, the city offers many possibilities for them to spend and enjoy their free time. Bars, cafes, museums, parks, and festivals are at the core of student life in Padua. My friends and I have a favourite place in Padova: the "Giardini dell'Arena." This large park is situated halfway between the city centre and the train station, not far from the School of Psychology. The park itself is beautiful, equipped with several tables and chairs where students can relax, study, or engage in a nice, deep conversation over some spritz. Some of the kiosks in the park also sell food like pizza, sandwiches, and pastries. I believe the Giardini offers year-round fun and opportunities, but when the weather turns cold, my friends and I prefer to spend our time in a cosy bar or cafe in the city centre. The Botanical Garden is also one of my personal favourites. On sunny days, I like to go there to study or simply read, especially since entry is free for UNIPD students. For weekends, taking a day trip to one of the nearby cities like Vicenza, Verona, Ferrara, Bologna, Venice, and many more is always a good idea. You can easily reach them by train, and if you book your ticket in advance, you might find some attractive offers.

    Have you found it easy to meet new people since starting university? How have you done this?    

Meeting new people is always somewhat intimidating. However, for a student alone in a foreign country, navigating an unfamiliar environment, making friends and initiating conversations can be particularly daunting. While I wouldn't consider myself the most extroverted person, I found it relatively simple to meet and befriend new people. In my experience, connecting with individuals at the university, especially those attending my programme, is surprisingly easy. This is likely due to the fact that people within your programme generally share similar worldviews and areas of interest, which facilitates smoother interactions. The key is to be yourself and remain open, as this authenticity helps you naturally connect with the right people. Once you find those who resonate with you, the rest tends to fall into place effortlessly.

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