I have always been fascinated by what makes people tick and how people view themselves. Two areas more specifically that have interested me are psychological disorders and adolescence. I became interested in these fields when I started working at the Writing Center and the KHCC Learning Institute, and when I had the opportunity to be a camp counselor for teens with kidney disease through L.O.V.E. Texas. I would eventually like to work as a counselor or therapist in one of these fields.
My favorite class has definitely been Adolescent Psychology (PSYC 346). Learning about one of the most drastic biological, social and psychologcial stages in life was fascinating, and it has led me to vounteer with teens in Kingsbridge Heights, as well as continue research in adolescent and parent conflict with Dr. Marin.
I am currently doing research with Dr. Marin on adolescent-parent conflict. The study focuses on perspective-taking within adolescents and parents, which means that we measure how each side views the conflict and how well they can relate to the other side’s opinions and views on the conflict.
I’m not sure what I would like to do specifically after college, but I know that I will be an advocate of mental health in some form or another.
The faculty are amazing. They remember everyone’s namea and really get to know the students in each class, no matter how large the class is. They give interesting discussions and assignments in class and are always looking to make sure that the students understand the material.
My favorite thing about my major is how supportive the faculty are. They have given me such guidance and great advice. Their support goes a really long way.
The most difficult thing about my major has been choosing classes! I’m interested in all the awesome topics offered each semester, but I’m very limited because of my double major. I have to choose very wisely during registration time.
I would definitely say take at least one psychology class! Even if it ends up not being what a student is interested in, the skills students learn in a psychology class can be applied to any major or job.