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My name is Jenny Tran and I am a junior psychology major. There are a few things that I’d like to share with you as I reflect on my experience serving as the President of the Psychology Club.

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1. Communication is important. I have learned to communicate better with others as we organize, delegate, and work together as a team. I realize the importance to create a friendly environment with our fellow club members and collaborators. As a result, we streamline the process of planning and executing successful events, such as the Brain Bee event that took place in February 2019.

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Psychology Club Officers at Brain Bee 2019 (from left to right): Antoinette Nash, Erik Gonzales, Caitlin Kennedy, Jenny Tran, Alex Abramson, and Jordon Huey

2. Partner with other clubs to host events. In the past, the Psychology Club has collaborated with other clubs and organizations. For example, we collaborated with Active Minds and organized a “De-Stress Week” before the finals last semester. This event included activities (e.g., paint night, coloring night, and social night) to provide opportunities for students to decompress. It was very well-received!

3. Make Psychology fun and accessible. The Psychology Club has been successful in inviting psychology professors and special speakers to discuss various topics related to Psychology. We are hoping that these opportunities will enhance students’ interests and knowledge and inspire them as they consider their future career.

Serving as the President of Psychology Club has allowed me to build better relationships with my peers and professors. I have become more attached to the psychology department, as well as the Stevenson University community. Overall, it is a wonderful experience!

By: Jenny Tran

There are many options for students who do not plan to pursue a graduate degree after the completion of their Bachelor’s. In fact, there are many job opportunities available for Psychology graduates. Students, here is what you can do now to prepare yourself. 

To begin, let’s focus on the important skills that you can gather while you are at Stevenson. Skills related to communication and organization are very important! The Stevenson Psychology department requires students to complete an internship before they graduate. You should carefully choose your internship site so that it is closely related to your interest. This internship opportunity will help you build research, problem-solving, and/or leadership skills, just to name a few!

 

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Psych senior Bryce Merkt completed his internship while studying abroad at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London

While holding a Bachelor’s degree shows your perseverance in completing your academic goals, employers would still want to see additional skills that you may have. Following Stamm (2019), we suggest using a “both-and” approach. What that means is having “both a degree that meets the educational requirements for the job and the skills, traits, and competencies to do the job.” For instance, if a student is applying a job related to research, he/she should highlight his/her previous experience with research in classes, field placements, or internships. In addition, the student should also highlight his/her communication and organization skills as they are crucial for their position.

In sum, when applying for a job with a Bachelor’s degree, focus on all of your skills that can set you apart from other candidates also applying. Utilizing field placements and internships that the Stevenson Psychology department offers is a great place to gain job-related experience. That being said, do not forget all the amazing skills you have gained throughout experiences in other non-psychology related jobs and from your classes!

By Makaylah Morton

Psychology major Alexis Peat just received the good news that she is accepted to the Forensic Psychology program at Arizona State University.

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As she reflects on the psychology program here at Stevenson University, Alexis feels very well-prepared. “The Psychology curriculum has equipped me with a well-rounded knowledge of human behavior, which is crucial for understanding criminal behavior,” explains Alexis. “I have also taken classes in human development, biology, social psychology, and more. The psychology program is flexible such that I can take many electives that are related to forensic psychology and criminology. Through these many classes, I then decide that forensic psychology is the right path for me.”

What about research methods and statistics courses? Alexis thinks that they are just as equally important. “These courses have given me the opportunity to improve my analytical, statistical, and communication skills. By presenting my research at the SU Psychology Student Research Showcase every semester, I can articulate my ideas very well. Overall, I am very glad that I chose Stevenson's undergraduate psychology program to prepare me for the forensic psychology field.

Founded in 1998 by Dr. Norbert Myslinski, the International Brain Bee is a world-wide neuroscience competition for high school students between the ages of 13 to 19....Click here to read more.

On a very cold winter day in December, a really special email from Dean Cheryl Wilson warmed the hearts of all the Psychology faculty....

 
 
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