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Date Created: 02/19/16
Running head: INTERVIEW WITH PSYCH GRAD 1 “My Interview With A Psychology Graduate Student” Sandlyn Goodman Augusta University Professor Verlaque Psychology 1101 D 02/11/2016 INTERVIEW WITH PSYCH GRAD 2 My Interview With A Psychology Graduate Student Sam Omelian is a first year Psychology Graduate student who was “hooked from the start” on Psychology. As a high school student, she was exposed to her first class in Psychology, which piqued her interest to learn more beyond the high school setting. Growing up, she was always very interested in understanding people in a larger capacity, though she did not yet know what that looked liked. She wanted to know why people did the things that they did, and what psychological traits defined a person. Also, she was raised in a family that had different psychological problems, and this, too, caused her to be interested in learning the causes and cures or treatments for their behaviors. Thus, why she has continued her studies today in the field of Psychology. Sam wants to continue through her Master’s, to her Doctorate, to then work as a Clinical Psychologist. She wants to research, assess, and treat people with psychological disorders on a daily, facetoface basis. She wants to be able to not only learn about the causes of psychological disorders but wants to assist people in overcoming these disorders in a practical way with her career in Clinical Psychology. More specifically, Sam wants to one day use her Doctorate and passion to work on a military base for soldiers that are experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as is very common in the military community. To be a Clinical Psychologist, you either need a Ph.D. or a Psy.D., and Sam wants to continue school to get her Ph. D.. She thinks this will be the most practical degree in the area of Psychology she wants to practice among military PTSD victims. She said this would take an additional five years to the current years she s completing now. INTERVIEW WITH PSYCH GRAD 3 Since pursuing a career in Psychology, Sam’s experience with family and friends has changed in several ways. First, it has allowed her to understand her family more and the psychological struggles they faced as Sam was growing up with them. It has allowed her to have an insight on how to handle dealing with some of them and allowed her to have patience with them in answering their questions and giving them advice. Additionally, with her friends, Sam has noticed that she has become similar to a “shrink” because they come to her with their problems and ask for her opinion as if she were to have all of the answers now that she is studying to become a Psychologist. She can, again, patiently listen to them and provide comfort and support when needed. She often is frustrated, but she lets friends and family know that she does not, in fact, have all of the answers. She said they have tried to understand and respect the limits and boundaries she puts into place, as she can only advise and support so much until professional help is necessary. She gave me some wonderful advice as a Psychology major, seeking to be a Forensic Psychologist. She advised me to get involved as early as possible with Psychologyrelated research, jobs, or volunteer opportunities. She said that “diving in” was the best way for her to learn, and allowed her to get the handson approach she was seeking to understand and appreciate the world of Psychology. She mentioned ABA therapy programs that she got invested in as a freshman in college and stuck with for three years; these programs involve therapy for autistic or special needs children, and it allowed her to apply what she was learning in the classroom to realworld scenarios. It also allowed her to see what kinds of Psychology in which she might be interested. She said there is typically littletono experience required to get started with a job or volunteering, depending on the program. She said she was able to give instructions INTERVIEW WITH PSYCH GRAD 4 to her patients and then follow through with the kids and adults, noting their progress. It was a rewarding learning experience for both her and her patients. She also advised me to get ready for the amount of research involved in graduate school. She was expecting some, knowing there would be more research than her undergraduate program had, but was not expecting it to be as much as it has been; but for her, she says it is not a bad thing. She loves it. She said it has allowed her to learn the most about the world of Psychology. She loves, and highly recommends, studying it here at Augusta University. I learned that being a Psychology graduate student takes a lot of dedication and motivation, but if you are serious about it, it pays off; to stick with it is to gain more insight than I could get in just my four years I will have of Psychology as an undergraduate student. Although I have never been a huge “fan” of experimenting and researching, talking to Sam has given me excitement for the future and anticipation for the things I will be researching if I continue with a Psychology graduate program. I also learned the importance of getting involved with volunteering early and how there are many local ways to apply Psychology to jobs in the community while studying for my Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I look forward to learning more about these opportunities and hopefully finding the right one for me.
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