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Psychology News

Date: 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.

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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)

“The Orsia F. Young Leadership Award is conferred on one graduating student from each academic school who has performed in an outstanding manner as a leader in the university community, initiated action, motivated others to do so, and has been an agent for positive change in the university.”

This year, we are happy to announce that our Psych major Tranel Robinson has received the Orsia F. Young Leadership award.

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During the past four years, Tranel has been a highly engaged member of our campus community, and has grown into a confident and effective leader. In terms of formal leadership roles, Tranel has been a member of the SGA Junior Class Council, Vice President of the Sovereign Stangs Step Team, and a Mentor for Mustang Mentors. In addition, she has served as a Freshman Orientation Leader, the Student Coordinator for Clubs and Organizations, and President of Stevenson’s Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. In addition to these leadership roles, Tranel is a Technology Supervisor here at Stevenson, where she is responsible for supervising a staff of 14 student employees. She has received multiple honors for her outstanding work, including Student of the Month by the National Resident Hall Honorary, Student Employee of the Month (twice), and recognition as a National Engaged Leader by the National Society of Leadership and Success.

In each of these roles, Tranel has shined as a leader, particularly in her ability to initiate action, motivate others to do so, and be an agent for positive change. Her consistent leadership involvement over the past four years and the diverse experiences she has highlights her ability to be a true and effective leader in multiple contexts. Congratulations Tranel! You deserve this award!

By: Dr. Virginia Iannone

When I started my journey at Stevenson University, I thought that it was going to be just a regular four-year college program. However, what I got was so much greater than what I could have expected.

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Mordy Mandelbaum ('18 Psychology)

For one, I was graciously welcomed by faculty as well as my fellow students. From day-to-day comradery to serious heart-to-hearts and everything in between, my psychology family was (and still is) eagerly ready to support me and keep me focused and grounded.

Second, my time at Stevenson was anything but mundane or boring and I often found myself outside of my comfort zone, doing things that I never imagined I would be capable of doing. From volunteering in suicide prevention to presenting at the TedX event “Finding Courage and Opportunity Within” and helping coordinate on-campus discussions about drugs in society, I gained valuable experiences in engaging students to discuss a variety (including difficult) topics.

Third, one summer during my undergrad years, I took an activist role in Israel over the summer for my internship and had an amazing experience. Specifically, I worked with my colleagues from Video Activism to create, edit, and produce video content for social media to combat antisemitism and to advocate on behalf of the State of Israel.

Overall, the Psychology department at Stevenson has offered me more than academic and professional guidance. Whenever I needed it, I was able to turn to my professors and ask them just about anything knowing that they truly wanted the best for me. As one of my favorite themes from television states: “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came.” For me, without a doubt, the Stevenson psychology department is that place. It’s a family. And one that I am so grateful and proud to have been a part of it and to continue to be a part of it as I continue on my journey in life.

By: Mordy Mandelbaum (’18 Psychology)

Note: Mordy was the recipient of the Dorothy Stang Award, a prestigious award “conferred upon a graduating senior who best exemplifies devotion to the good of the wider community as reflected in the life of Dorothy Stang, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame De Namur, the founders of Stevenson University.” Beginning Fall 2019, Mordy will be attending the Master’s of Clinical and Mental Health Counseling program at the University of San Diego.

The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) is an organization that aims to build leaders through a leadership development program. This program consists of an interactive leadership training day, speaker broadcasts from well-known industry leaders, and building successful networking teams. After completing the leadership development sequence, members are inducted into the society and given the option to advance their skills through participation on the executive board. Many of our members flourish all around campus by partaking in campus events, completing community service, and serving in leadership positions. While NSLS welcomes students from different majors, the psychology department has consistently been well-represented.

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Tranel Robinson

Last month, NSLS hosted a spring induction ceremony which consisted of 75 students; many of whom were psychology students. Additionally, Psychology Professor Dr. Virginia Iannone presented a keynote address that emphasized the importance of character development in leadership. Dr. Iannone was also recognized as an honorary member for her commitment to empowering and mentoring student leaders. As the former president of the Stevenson chapter of the NSLS and a senior psychology student, I found that some of the themes about leadership mentioned during the induction ceremony echoed a lot of the concepts that I have learned as a psychology major.

For the past 2.5 years, I have been serving as the President of NSLS. It has been my privilege to work closely with a diverse group of students. Our former vice president, LaDena Eames, is also a senior psychology student. Two of our newly appointed e-board members, Lauren Hudson and T'Niya Lawson, are also psychology students who have big goals of empowering fellow students to become leaders of the world. Looking back, our executive board has done an exceptional job in promoting the importance of leadership training.

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NSLS Induction Ceremony 2019 with Dr. Iannone as keynote speaker (Top Right)

Students may perhaps be wondering how they can be members. Students will receive invitations to join NSLS based on their student status and GPA. Students who are interested in learning more about NSLS may contact Lauren Hudson and/or T’Niya Lawson.

By: Tranel Robinson (’19 Psychology)

 
 
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