Class of 2018: Norsuhana Emilinadiah Husin (Nadia)
Nadia, from Temerloh, Malaysia, chose OSU due to its reputation as a diverse and inclusive campus. Being an international student, OSU’s inclusive environment offers her a sense of belonging. As a member of the Honors program, she enjoys the discussion-based classes. She recommends the Honors program to other students noting, “The Honors program is a platform for students to get more involved in campus activities…I use my Honors G.O.A.L.S as my guideline because it shaped me to be who I am today.”
For Nadia, the Psychology Department offers classes that leave a lasting impression, like Dr. Vasey’s Clinical Psychological Science. It also offers her a chance to connect with other students, like one of her favorite events, the Joe and Dough; “I love the donuts.”
Nadia works in Dr. Strunk’s research lab, giving her valuable research and clinical experience at the same time. “Learning about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from the textbook is so much different from watching the therapy sessions. I gained valuable knowledge about depression, anxiety, and CBT.” She recommends students participate in research early, to help narrow down their interests. Participating in the research lab inspired her to become a Clinical Psychologist; after graduating, she plans to attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology.
Class of 2017: Tyler Knaplund
Tyler came to OSU as an undecided transfer student from Tiffin, OH. When it came time to declare a major at the end of his second year, he chose Psychology and German; and over the next few years, fell in love with the research end of Psychology.
Tyler current works in the Psych 2220 Learning Lab, an experience he deems "fantastic". He states, "There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the look on students' faces as they begin to understand a hard statistics concept."
He also completed an honors thesis with Dr. Wegener. Discussing his thesis experience, Tyler noted, "Working with Dr. Wegener helped me to continue on to the next chapter of my education. He not only served as my thesis advisor, but also helped me navigate the process of getting into a graduate program." Tyler's advice to other students is to get involved with research as early as possible!
Recently, Tyler accepted a PhD candidate position at Iowa State University. He heads there next year to continue research and learn as much as he can on his journey to becoming a university professor.
Class of 2017: Jainé VanPutten
Jainé, from Piscataway, NJ, chose to study Psychology because of the diversity of career opportunities. She decided on OSU because of the school atmosphere and abundance of resources.
She has made the most of her time at OSU. She is a Division 1 athlete who spends 20+ hour a week perfecting her gymnastics skills, all while maintaining a full academic schedule each semester. She had many unforgettable experiences, both academically and athletically, but one of her most influential experience was her May study abroad trip to Melbourne, Australia.
Within the Psychology Department, she enjoyed the wide selection of interesting courses. She also stated, "The support I've received from my advisor has been nothing short of amazing." Jainé will begin her Masters of Occupational Therapy program at Tufts University in autumn of 2017.
Class of 2017: Anna Hippler
Anna, from Canal Winchester, Ohio, will be graduating this spring with a BA in Psychology. Anna's favorite classes in the Psychology Department were those taken with Dr. Lisa Cravens-Brown. She enjoyed these classes because she felt they translated into her everyday life, and would encourage others to take course with Dr. Cravens-Brown if they have the chance. Anna stated that these classes in particular (Psych of Gender and Psych of Adolescent Sexuality) expanded her knowledge of "pressing issues in society, such as gender norms and stereotypes, as well as sexual violence."
Her advice to other psychology students is to get involved on campus. She has been a member of an acappella group, as well as a research assistant for both OSU in Educational Psychology as well as for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She feels getting involved, due to the actual hands-on experience, helps students narrow down what they want to do (or not do) after graduation.
Shortly after graduation, Anna will begin her studies in the Masters of Science Nursing program at OSU. She plans on specializing in Pediatric Primary Care.