Learning More About Psychology
- Make a list of questions you have about psychology, your major, graduate school, and your future career. Be prepared to update your list as old questions are answered and new ones arise. The things you’ll want to know during your freshman year will be different from those you will have as you progress through the program.
- Talk to Dr. Miranda, the Program Director for Psychology at Mount Ida College, or any of the fine faculty members teaching psychology courses at the institution.
- Ask other students about their experiences. The best way to do this is to become involved in the Psychology club and attend psychology-sponsored events. However, your best information may come from chatting with the person sitting next to you in the cafeteria. Learning to network early in your academic career will definitely pay off.
- Start thinking about your practicum very early in your learning. Make appointments for brief, informational interviews at potential practicum sites. This way, you’ll already have an idea what you might like to do, as well as what you might not like to do, AND you’ll have some connections before you have to interview for practicum.
- Volunteer at different types of helping agencies to determine with which populations you might most enjoy working. Again, this will provide a valuable opportunity to network, network, network.
- Get involved in research. The members of our faculty have a wide range of research and clinical interests. Becoming involved in this work will deepen your understanding of applied research in the field of psychology and make you a more appealing candidate when you apply to graduate school.
- Use the Internet, psychological publications, and become a student member of APA http://www.apa.org and APS http://www.psychologicalscience.org
- Visit our campus’ Career Services. Rob Brooks, the Director there, has a psychology background, too! He can be reached at x4602 or firstname.lastname@example.org - The link to the career page is http://www.mountida.edu/career