When I was applying to undergraduate institutions, I was instantly drawn to Washington College because of its psychology department. Coming in, I thought I knew everything that I would experience—the small class sizes, the variety of classes offered each semester, and the engaging faculty members who make a conscious effort to form relationships with their students and advisees. While all these aspects are still held in the highest esteem, there is one thing that I never thought I would get to experience, and that is the amazing research opportunities that are available to all of our majors.
I recently attended the Eastern Psychological Association conference in Pittsburgh, PA, where I had the honor of presenting two research projects that I had worked on over the course of the year. The first examined the relationship between frustration and identifying potential enemies, while the second examined the effect of external time pressure on test-taking anxiety and performance. The most rewarding part of the experience was seeing my name at the top of my posters in large print because everyone who read them knew I played a major role in the research. I don’t want to be listed as a “contributor” in the bottom right-hand corner in the smallest print imaginable; I want to stand out and have others take notice of my work. To me, there is no school I would rather represent than Washington College. At the conference, I also learned about other students’ research, attended various seminars, and presented alongside people with their master’s and Ph.D. degrees.
With the consistent support of my professors, I am now planning to go to graduate school for school psychology or school counseling. They are also working with me to ensure that I am well prepared for my Senior Capstone Experience, which will explore the relationship between personality and emoticon usage and/or interpretation. I hope to present my project at the EPA conference next spring in New York City.
If you have any questions about the psychology department, the research opportunities, or the college in general, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am confident in my decision to come to Washington College and I want you to experience all that I have and more.
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