Major(s) and Minor: Major – Psychology/ Minor – Biological Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018
How did you decide on your major?
I returned to school at age 35, after many years in the workforce, to pursue a career in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
What is it about your chosen field (and the department) that appeals to you?
The Psychology program at Rutgers offers a well-rounded curriculum including many branches of Psychology which I thought would be extremely beneficial to me. Additionally, I was particularly excited about the many research opportunities the Psychology department offers to qualified undergraduates.
Do you have a favorite class/professor within your major?
One of the first classes I took here at Rutgers was Social Psychology with Janna Kline. She is a Phd student in the Psychology department and she helped fuel my passion for Psychology by making the class fun and interesting. I learned so many incredibly valuable things in that class. I also had the pleasure of taking Drugs and Human behavior with Dr. Kusnecov. This class dealt with a great deal of neuroanatomy and neurochemistry which Dr. Kusnecov made so simple to understand with real-world examples and detailed but understandable explanations. These two classes provided a wonderful foundation to build upon throughout my undergraduate journey.
What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?
Although this experience was influenced by my major, I would have to say my favorite academic experience so far has been the opportunity to become an undergraduate teaching assistant. I get the unique perspective of the professor but still maintain the relatability with the students. I see how curriculum is planned, how grading is done and how to effectively convey information to students. It has really been a wonderful experience.
What are your other Rutgers activities?
Since I commute to campus and am older than your typical student, I don’t have the same social experiences as many of the other undergraduates. However, I have had the pleasure of being a member of the RAMP Psychology lab as a research assistant for the past year. This has been the most enriching experience I’ve had here at Rutgers. I learn new things about Psychology and the research process every day and am so lucky to be a part of every facet of it. They are a wonderful group of people who have truly made this an extraordinary experience.
What are your plans following graduation?
I have applied to graduate school and am looking to pursue a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Having worked in the business world, in managerial positions for a number of years, I know there is a lot that can be done to make the workplace a more productive and happier place to be. I want to be a part of making that happen. We spend so much of our lives working, I would like the opportunity to make it less stressful and more satisfying for as many people as possible.