Tips for success within your major and college: "I highly recommend trying to make friends in your classes. This way you can study together, remind each other about exams and upcoming assignments, and relay important messages you might miss if one of you is absent from class."
What I wish I knew as a freshmen: "It is also very important to establish a solid study routine within the first two weeks of class when things are slow. If you try to establish a routine halfway through the semester you might find yourself playing catch up, so it is important to get ahead of the curve. I wish I knew how much I needed to study as a freshman. I thought I would be fine just taking notes and leaving it there, but I definitely needed to study more, even for the easiest classes."
A campus office or service I recommend: "Office hours are severely underutilized. This is a great opportunity to supplement your learning, get to know your professor, and learn about research opportunities. Research and SONA are also underutilized resources. They help you get face time with people in the department, it looks great on a resume and it is a fantastic experience."
Career goals: "I hope to one day work with children, practicing as a Play Therapist. I have always loved working with children and I think it is very important to teach children as early as possible how to navigate their emotions and express them constructively. Children have a lot more thoughts and feelings about their world than people give them credit for. They just need a little help to understand their experiences."
Hobbies: "I am a very crafty person. My hobbies include painting, knitting, embroidery, drawing, anything of that nature. I also love playing board games and card games with my friends and sisters!"
Tips for success within your major and college: "Develop good study habits at the beginning of the semester while you have the time. My first year I didn't and I played catch up a lot during that year. Also start using a planner, or writing down everything you need to do for the week that way you don't forget any readings, lectures, or miss an assignment."
What I wish I knew as a freshmen: "I wish I knew about the organizations you could join, I didn't find out about PsiChi or PSA until the end of my sophomore year and by that time I was working full time, so I was unable to go to the meetings. These organizations are a great way to meet like-minded people in your major/minor and a great opportunity to network within the psychology department."
A campus office or service I recommend: "There are so many departments and offices you could go to for any of your needs. I recommend taking the time to get familiar with some of the departments that work out of the union, or your college, you never know what you may find."
Career goals: "I hope to one day work as a forensic/criminal psychologist. I want to work with juvenile and adult offenders and work to bridge the gap between the legal and psychology worlds."
Hobbies: "I'm a very artsy person so I spend a lot of time painting or drawing when the semester slows down. Recently I've also started to love playing videos games so I play whenever I have the chance to go home and use my dad's playstation 4."