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So Psyched is a new fun and engaging club dedicated to combating cyberbullying, helping students to become more mindful of their media usage, and analyzing how mental health is portrayed in the media.

So psyched

The main goal of So Psyched is to understand the relationship between social media usage and mental health outcomes. Specifically, the way we think about the world has a lot to do with our daily consumption of social media, viral feeds, hypes, buzzwords, and trending hashtags. To this end, So Psyched encourages students to discuss mental health as it pertains to pop culture, social media, and current events.

Angel Longus, a psychology major who is serving as the President of So Psyched, shared, “On the one hand, social media is fun and entertaining. On the other hand, the messages from social media can be extremely toxic and upsetting. As a club, So Psyched aims to help students to navigate their conflicting feelings, set boundaries for themselves to minimize media burnout, and establish healthy habits regarding the use of social media. So Psyched also wants to look at what students can do to advocate for mental health and reduce any stigma related to mental health in the social media.”

Vice President Jasmine Benning, a criminal justice major, encourages all interested students to join. She said, “So Psyched focuses on mental health and social media. Our topics are relevant because almost everyone uses social media. We have a lot of fun activities and discussions planned in the coming months and hope to see you there!”

Students who are interested in joining So Psyched should follow their social media accounts for more information.

Twitter: SoPsychedSU
Instagram: SoPsychedSU

Today’s featured student athlete is Samantha Baysic.

Sam Baysic

Samantha is a junior psychology major who also plays as goalkeeper for the Stevenson Women’s Soccer team. Samantha first became involved in soccer at the age of six as her parents signed her up for her local team. Quickly, she grew to love soccer and has been playing ever since!

Sam thumbs up

In terms of her major, Samantha chose psychology because she wanted to pursue a career in mental health. She has friends who have undergone therapy and noticed how beneficial it was for them. She then wanted to become a therapist one day, so that she can help others to restore their mental health.

As she has been maneuvering through this semester, Samantha found that staying motivated and organized was initially not the easiest. However, once she was able to transition back on campus as well as begin training with her soccer team, she was able to regain focus and organization with her assignments and projects. In terms of these assignments, the workload has not been too heavy for her, as she has been able to settle in a steady schedule of when she will get them done, making sure to write down key due dates and other important information. Samantha has been able to push through and receive A’s for her midterm grades! She also realizes how important it is to communicate with her professors outside of the classroom, especially now that everything is online. In doing so, she has been able to learn more about her professors as well as the Psychology Department as a whole!

Sam sunset

With all of the different changes that student athletes have undergone, Samantha wants everyone to know: “You can do this! As student athletes we are used to overcoming obstacles and juggling course work. Just think of this semester as a setback will encourage perseverance and make you stronger in the end.”

Written by: Semira Nock

Today’s featured student athlete is Emily Wolff!

Emily Wolff

Emily is a junior psychology major as well as a swimmer in the freestyle and butterfly races for the Stevenson Women’s Swimming Team. Hailing from Towson, Maryland, Emily has been swimming in a pool since she was a baby! She has thoroughly enjoyed it from the beginning as it brings her joy and all-around fun! This love for the sport formed her into a competitive swimmer here at Stevenson, as she has participated in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championship as both a freshman and sophomore. Although COVID-19 has put a halt on Stevenson sports, Emily has been practicing lightly with her swimming team and planning on kicking the season off in the Spring! Although it has been an adjustment of schedule concerning her sport, she is grateful for the opportunity to swim for Stevenson and is looking forward to the next semester.

Emily diving

In terms of schoolwork, this has definitely been an adjustment for Emily. Although she prefers going to in-person classes and having the opportunity to interact with her peers and professors, she has been able to thrive in a different learning environment. For instance, she has become the president of Stevenson’s Mustang Activities and Programming (MAP) Club. Emily ambitious goals for the club and cannot wait until they come to fruition!

Emily butterfly

While student athletes have been adjusting to a lot, Emily provides the tip of taking deep breaths and remembering that everything will come together in the end! She understands that athletes may be upset that they are not able to play their sport, but she suggests putting that same energy into when they are able to play again. In that way, they will be able to start the new season off on a high note. Finally, Emily encourages student athletes, and students alike, to enjoy each day as it comes as well as the little moments!

Written by: Semira Nock

As we maneuver through this semester, we wanted to highlight a few Psychology student athletes. Although athletic sports have been canceled for this semester, our student athletes are still persevering and accomplishing their course work!

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Manny Bruce is a junior psychology major and tight end for the Stevenson University football team. Hailing from Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Manny chose to play football not only because of his love for the sport, but also because it improves his overall mental capacity due to the intricate plays he and his team carry out, as well as his capability to achieve above and beyond. The sport also holds significant weight for him, as it provided him a way to rise above the circumstances in his neighborhood.

manny kneeling pic

Manny’s passion for football led to his choice of pursuing the career of a sport psychologist! As a sport psychologist, he wants to study and aid athletes to improve their mindset and overall mental health. He knows that these factors are essential for athletes to succeed in their sport at a very high level.

Manny pumpkin patch

With the cancellation of Stevenson athletics this semester due to COVID-19, Manny noted that it has definitely been an adjustment for him. While he is a high-achieving student, he has found that it can be hard to create and keep a set schedule for himself, as football activities like training and practice usually provides this. Nevertheless, he encourages student athletes alike to keep pushing! Trying different learning strategies may help you excel in your online or hybrid classes. Finally, he encourages students to seek help when they need it, as waiting for the last minute proves to be overwhelming. Taken together, Manny, like other student athletes and students, is learning to get through the semester the best way he can, but by persevering and trying different learning strategies, it can prove to be beneficial.

Written by: Semira Nock

During the Spring 2020 semester, Psychology Junior Angel Longus applied for the highly competitive summer research program offered by the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program of the National Science Foundation. Angel was selected to intern at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) together with five other undergraduate students. Because of COVID-19, Angel completed the program remotely. Below is an interview that we had with Angel.

Angel Longus 1 

What projects did you work on during this program?

I was involved in multiple projects, such as Talking College and Speech-Language Pathology (SLP). I also conducted my own research project. I worked with graduate student DeAndre Miles-Hercules from the Department of Linguistics at UCSB.

That sounds fascinating! Could you tell me more about your research project?

Titled “Searching the Silences: Black Discourse on Mental Health," my project aims to examine the Black community's tendency to dismiss or minimize issues related to mental illnesses. I interviewed several family members and friends, and then analyzed their interviews to explore the major themes. This project was especially important because the Black community is at a greater risk of mental health concerns. Oftentimes, this goes back to the lack of access to mental health care, prejudice and racism inherent in the daily lives of Black individuals, and the historical trauma enacted on the Black community by the medical field. I presented the results of my project at the Annual Advancing African American Linguistics Symposium. This symposium hosted webinars on the professional experiences of African American linguists including publication, tenure, promotion, and strengthening the network of scholars who study African American language, literacy, and culture.

Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment! Could you tell me about the SLP project you mentioned earlier?

Sure! For this project, I was responsible for interviewing several speech-language pathologists to see how race has played a part in their careers. I analyzed the data and presented my work titled "Understanding the Experiences of Black Speech-Language Pathologists Across the Professional Trajectory" at the same Symposium.

Do you have any suggestions for students who are interested in applying to this research program? 

I would say check out UCSB HBCU program. I have learned so much during this summer and would highly recommend students to check this website out. I am also sure that there will be similar programs offered in the future so always keep an eye out!

 
 
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