What made you decide to be a Psychology major?
“I thought Psychology would be a good compliment to my Philosophy major. I’ve always enjoyed learning about how people think and behave, the major added both the theoretical framework I was missing and allowed me to do some pretty cool experiments (I taught my Rat in Learning and Behavior to turn on an iPhone, climb up a staircase, and dance on two legs to Hotline Bling by Drake [back when it was a hit]).”
What was your favorite memory from attending Puget Sound?
“My favorite memories all center around spring time when the sun would come out and everyone would suddenly be wearing shorts and flip flops. But, one step on the field too early into spring and your still ankle deep in mud! The spring in Washington is a great time, I have fond memories of reading on the cliffs at Point Defiance, sprinting out of class on a Friday for weekend climbing in vantage, and sitting on the roof of my off campus house catching up with friends.”
What advice would you offer current students regarding their future career/academic goals?
Set a goal, make a time bound plan, and get ready to fight for what you want. Your future career and academic goals don’t always appear in the fashion you had planned; but, be vigilant and willing to adapt when opportunities present themselves. Figure out what discipline means to you and dig deep to exemplify this value in everything you do. Also, the more you pay attention and participate in class the less you work you have outside of it.
Do you have any specific Puget Sound advice for current students?
Make relationships that last, regardless if you plan on sticking around Tacoma. Make an effort to talk with your professors about stuff other than school, join organizations because you want to be around the people they involve, and of course, take time to get to know yourself better.