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Psychology News

Date: Aug 2019

In this blog post, Psychology major Nya Medley described what she has learned at a recent job/career fair and reflected on her experience in planning her future internship experience.

As a freshman, I first did not know anything about internships. However, I quickly learned that not only is it important to obtain an internship, but also a requirement for Psychology majors. I confess, when I first came across the word “internship”, I found it to be a little intimidating.

Nya Medley

Nya Medley ('22 Psychology)

All my concerns dissipated when I attended last semester's Psychology and Human Services Career Fair. I was impressed how approachable and courteous all the employer representatives were. This fair has really created an excellent opportunity for me to engage in lively conversations with the professionals in my field. In the end, I had conversations with representatives from organizations such as: Kennedy Krieger, Trellis, Sheppard Pratt, TranZed, Target Community & Educational Services Inc., and Itineris.

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Part-time Job Fair held at Stevenson University in Fall 2019

One specific conversation that stuck out to me was learning about The Maryland School of the Blind (MSB). I had a great conversation with one of the administrators from MSB and it was both informative and educational. She explained to me that at MSB, they educate and cultivate young blind students. Similar to any of the nearby public schools, MBS has education, clubs, graduation, honor ceremonies, and even sport events! Recently, MBS’s Goalball team won a Guinness World Record for playing the world’s longest game of goalball ever! At that moment, I realized the importance of schools that are dedicated to serving children with disabilities. For my future internship, I would love to work at a place like this!

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"Verbal Beginnings," one of the organizations participating in the job fair this semester

Internships are not really about checking yet another box or putting another line of experience on your resume. Instead, internships are great opportunities for us to learn and make an impact that can change someone's life forever. In a way, internships are like a box of assorted chocolates. You never know the joy that each one could bring, until you try each of them for yourself.

By: Nya Medley (’22, Psychology)

The blog posts that we have published so far are mainly about students who are Psychology majors. Did you know that you can actually minor in Psychology? Please read the blog post below written by Catherine Toms, who is a Nursing major minoring in Psychology.

I am a nursing major with a psychology minor. I always knew I would major in nursing, but never really had an interest in psychology until I took AP Psychology in high school. When I began college at Stevenson, I started looking into declaring a minor so that I could combine two of my passions into my education. My AP credit replaced the required introductory 101 for nursing and I also took 108: Human growth and development. I did not realize how easy it would be to minor in psychology; just taking six classes of my choice will enable me to graduate with a major and minor. I also took an elective course over Winterim: Self-love and Resilience. This past spring, I took 201: Writing for Psychology and 215: Psychopathology, which has been my favorite so far. Just over the summer, I was enrolled in an Adolescent Psychology course at my community college for my final class towards the minor requirements.

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Catherine Toms ('21 Nursing)

What I enjoyed the most about the Psychology minor is the flexibility. The course progression for nursing majors is quite rigid, but I have been able to accommodate each of my psychology classes by also taking them outside of the regular semesters. All of my professors, including Dr. McEntee, Dr. Iannone, and Dr. Wong have been wonderful at giving me feedback and helping me succeed along the way as work towards my goal. Dr. Elliott has also been a great contact for me in ensuring everything would work best for me and my schedule.

My eventual goal is to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner, so I was excited to have the opportunity to get a head start now while still pursuing an undergraduate degree. Psychiatric nursing is a class I will be required to take this coming spring. Given that I have taken many other psychology classes, especially psychopathology where I was able to learn about different disorders as well as their treatments and medications, I feel very prepared for this class.

Together, this journey as a Psychology minor has definitely sparked my interest in understanding more about human thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. I am certain that these experiences will be extremely valuable when I start working at an inpatient facility helping patients of different psychological disorders or addiction issues.

By Catherine Toms ’21 (Nursing)

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