Class of 2014
My favorite experience in the psychology department so far has been the ping-pong tournament last semester. There was a bracket of the students versus the professors, and the students won.
Life as a Psychology Major
- Why did you decide to come to Furman?
For the psychology program. When I first came here it was for a mock trial competition- that's what got me to know Furman and see the campus. I also heard amazing things about their program so it made sense.
- Favorite class:
- Favorite professor:
- Career goals:
I'm hoping to get into graduate school for a Clinical Ph.D. and research PTSD or eating and weight disorders. As a career I would probably do research and therapy but neither explicitly.
- Research experience:
I volunteered for Dr. Pontari last summer in her lab and we presented our research methods project in SSSP. This summer I'm working with prospective memory and aging.
- Internship experience:
Last summer I worked with USC and they had a grant called CARS project, Center for Adolescent Research and Schools. They had this program to help students pass high school and have a better outcome as a whole in their schooling. I collected data, had mini therapy sessions with the kids, and did a lot of paperwork.
- Study away experience:
Freshman year I went on the Engaged Living trip to El Salvador with Dr. Gondolfo and Dr. Ching. Sophomore year I went to the Europe East of the Rhine study abroad program. We went to Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, and Poland. I also recently went on the Slow Food Italy MayX.
Best of List
- Best study location:
On campus I like working in the lab because there's no one here. There's a lot of space to spread out, white boards to write on and no one to fight over study rooms with.
- Favorite activity:
- Best thing about Greenville:
Downtown. The farmer's market on the weekend, the awesome restaurants that they have, the random concerts, and Falls Park. You're never bored there and there's always new restaurants opening up.
- Biggest challenge:
Taking a break and finding time to do things that I like outside of school. You can easily get caught up in being perfect and getting perfect grades and it's not all about that.
- Favorite place to eat:
I really like the Roost. It's all locally, naturally grown food.
- Favorite Furman tradition:
Throwing people in the lake on their birthday. I got laked in my beautiful dress on my birthday even though I wore sweatpants the whole day in preparation for it. But I'm also really looking forward to senior Last Day of Class celebration.
- Best campus dining spot:
- Choosing a major:
Go with something that you really love doing because you're going to invest a lot of time in it, so take your time choosing and take a lot of general education requirements. You don't have to decide until your sophomore year and there's no need to do it before then.
Don't procrastinate like I do because you will be stressed out a lot. And remember you're not going to be the best at everything.
- Getting involved on campus:
- Making friends:
Be nice and say hi to people. Don't be afraid to strike up a conversation. Just be open and don't stick to your comfort zone, especially your freshman year but even your senior year.
- What isn't in the brochure:
- Living on campus:
Don't stay on your hall or your North Village apartment. Go out, away from Furman. It's nice out there.