Prospective Students

Vaid Esha headshotEsha Vaid

Major(s) and Minor: Major – Psychology; Minor – Statistics

 Why did you choose Psychology as your major?

I chose psychology as a major because I knew I wanted to go into a field that focused on mental health and was applicable in multiple fields.

What did you like most about it?

My favorite part of my major was attending a school with such a strong psychology program and meeting professors passionate about their research.

What is your current position, what do you, and what do you enjoy most about it?

My current position is a Research Coordinator at the Social Emotional Character Development (SECD) Lab at Rutgers University. I manage and coordinate with lab members to work on a project implementing an intervention in urban middle schools to promote SECD.

What was your first job after Rutgers and how did you get it?

My first job after graduating from Rutgers was a Research Assistant position at Dartmouth College. My connections with faculty and graduate students at Rutgers helped me get this position where I worked with teenagers with chronic illnesses.

How did you move from that first job to your current position?

My position after college was a 1 year grant position. After I gained enhanced skills, I was hired at the Social Emotional Character Development Lab at Rutgers as a Research Coordinator where I have more responsibilities and leadership opportunities.

Looking back, what classes or experiences at Rutgers would you point to as contributing to your successes?

The greatest experience Rutgers offered was its access to amazing research labs that exposed undergraduates to a wide variety of research. I had opportunities to work with professors and graduate students at a very close level who were all invested in my personal professional development.

What advice do you have for our current Arts and Sciences students?

My advice for current students would be to continue to build relationships with professors and graduate students, as they are crucial in helping get your foot in the door to many different professional outlets.