Department of PsychologyMS-B1805Hamline University1536 Hewitt AvenueSaint Paul, MN 55104
Robin Hornik ParritzDepartment Chair651email@example.com
Expertise in the field of psychology is highly desired by many industries.
Hamline graduates apply their degree to a variety of fields and occupations,
I am a first year industrial organizational psychology student (I/O) at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I decided that I wanted to be an I/O psychologist during the middle of my senior year. As a psychology major, I developed a passion for the field; I knew I wanted to pursue a career in psychology, but I did not know what specific career paths were available. To get ideas I did a Google search and found I/O psychology. I took a class at Hamline in this specialty area and knew I’d found my career path.Preparing for graduate school was no easy task, but I received great support. The Career Development Center helped me write an outstanding personal statement and resume. Kim Guenther, Matthew Olson, and Duane Cady wrote strong letters of recommendation. Dorothee Dietrich provided encouragement and enthusiasm every step of the way.Even though I am in Chicago, I still think about Hamline and how instrumental it was in preparing me for graduate school. The classes that I took at Hamline really helped me; experimental psychology and statistics have been especially important. In experimental psychology, I learned to write a good American Psychological Association (APA) paper, which is critical for an I/O psychology student. Statistics was a valuable class to me because I use statistics regularly.My advice to any Hamline student is to start your career search early, so you will have enough time to prepare for your potential career. Take classes, learn as much as you can, and complete internships related to your potential career. Moreover, let your heart be your guide, as well as your mind. Rebecca ’01
While I am now one year away from receiving my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Alabama, I consider the four years I spent at Hamline University to be a vital component of my education. When I started at Hamline I already knew that I wanted to major in Psychology and pursue a career working with kids with autism. (I had spent the majority of my free time junior high and high school baby-sitting for a child with autism and knew that it was the area I wanted to pursue.) However, I would never be where I am today without the guidance, support, and experiences I gained at Hamline.
My first semester at Hamline I enrolled in Honors Psychology and loved the class. In fact, I still remember most of the stories and mnemonic devices Dr. LaBounty taught us in that course and have shared them with my own students when I have taught undergraduate courses! Later on, I worked with Dorothee Dietrich, Matt Olson, and Robin Paritz in the psychology honors program. This afforded me the opportunity to complete a high-quality research project with a child population at Hancock-Hamline University Collaborative Magnet School. The completion of this project turned out to be a vital experience for my acceptance into graduate school—in fact, during my interview at the University of Alabama I was told that my undergraduate honors project was of similar quality to what they expected for a master’s thesis project! In addition to completing a major in psychology, the flexibility of Hamline scheduling (thank goodness for small class sizes!) allowed me the time to take four courses in education that have proven invaluable for my career. I have spent a good deal of time consulting with schools regarding their students with autism. My understanding of the structure of public school systems and the demands placed on individual teachers (all gleaned from the Hamline Department of Education) has enabled me to be much more effective in the consultation role. I have used a lot of teaching techniques I learned at Hamline as I have taught undergraduate courses at the University of Alabama!Finally, it is worth noting that it was not only the courses and faculty specific to my career area that helped me prepare for my future. The leadership experiences I gained through campus activities (like the Hand in Hand mentoring program) and the cultural sensitivity I developed through religion courses and university speakers/events have contributed to my personal and professional demeanor in an invaluable way. Of course, I must acknowledge the importance of the demeanor of the Hamline community in all aspects of my experience there—I found support not only within the psychology department, but from specific faculty and staff, like Nurith Zmora and Gretchen Fogo, who expressed a genuine belief in my ability to succeed. It is a combination of all of these things that made my Hamline experience so wonderful and something for which I will be forever grateful!
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