#GetPsychedGB: Five Things To Do This Week

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It’s that time of year again, when we tell you all the reasons why you should get active and involved with the psychology major at UW-Green Bay and all the ways to do it.

We’ll start with five things you should do this week:

  1. Download the free UWGB Psychology App, available Capturethrough ITunes and Google Play. Use these links to go directly to it or search for “UWGB Psychology.”
  2. Stop by OrgSmorg on Wednesday, 9/20, from 10 to 2 in the Phoenix Rooms at the Union and check out the Psych and Human Development Club and Psi Chi Booths.
  3. Find out what the two student orgs are up to on the “Events” page of this blog or through the App.
  4. Look at the five types of Individualized Learning Experiences we offer and make decisions about what you can do, what you would like to do, and when you might like to do them.  These are important experiences but they are competitive and require some planning ahead.
  5. Play the #GBPsychChase game in Instagram.  #GBPsychChase is a simple way to have fun, win prizes, and show off how much you love psychology and UW-Green Bay.

Featured Student: Nicholas Livingston

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1. When will you graduate? I will graduate in May of 2019.

2. What are your career plans? I plan to attend graduate school to earn a Master’s Degree, and eventually a PhD, in either Sport and Exercise Psychology or Clinical Counseling.

3. Why did you major in psychology? I majored in Psychology because I have always been interested in human behavior and the human body. I also wanted to work in a career that I know I would be helping people on a daily basis and making positive impact on people’s lives.

4. What do you do for fun? For fun, I enjoy playing any kind of sports, spending time with my friends and family, going to movies, going to concerts, and watching the Packers, Brewers, and Bucks.

5. What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? The academic experience I am most proud of so far would have to be Dr. Gurung selecting my group’s poster as the best poster in his Research Methods Class last semester and being his Research Assistant this semester.

6. What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology? My favorite movie related to Psychology is Sybil. My favorite book related to Psychology would have to be Nineteen Minutes. My favorite TV show related to Psychology is Criminal Minds.

7. What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating?  The single thing I hope to accomplish before graduating is to complete an Honors Project or an Independent Study and present it at MPA. I also want to continue my involvement with PsycHD and be inducted into Psi Chi.

8. What else do you want people to know about you? My favorite holiday is Christmas. I could listen to Christmas music 365 days a year.

Featured Student: Amber Gollata

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Amber Gollata

1. When will you graduate? I will graduate in May 2018.

2. What are your career plans?  My ultimate goal is to one day become a School Psychologist working in an elementary and/or middle school setting.

3. Why did you major in psychology? I have always been interested in understanding why people think and behave the way they do. I also think I chose psychology because it allows me to learn more about myself and reflect on my own thoughts and experiences through a variety of different perspectives.

4. What do you do for fun? In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching Netflix, spending time with my friends and family, going hiking, and taking trips to Door County. I also really enjoy experimenting with cooking and baking (and eating the final creations).

5. What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? I am most proud of the hour-long lecture I was required to give as a teaching assistant for Dr. Lorenz’s Intro to Psych class.  While it was a lot of work, I really enjoyed it and it was such a valuable experience.

6. What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology? I really love the movie The Aviator because it gives an accurate depiction of how mental illnesses such as OCD can seriously impact a person’s life in every way imaginable. My favorite book would be Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, and lately I’ve been obsessed with the tv show Dexter.

7. What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating? I hope to continue being involved in the psychology department and help uphold its current level of excellence!

Welcome Back: Six Things to Get Excited About This Semester

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Well, it’s finally here. Fall semester starts…. now.  And we have a bunch of great stuff planned for you.  Here are just a handful of the things you have to look forward to over the next few months.

  1. Bi-Weekly Podcasts (available on ITunes, Google Play, and here): A new episode of our podcast, Psychology and Stuff, will drop every other Thursday afternoon.  Our first guests, Dr. Jana Fogaca, will discuss her work as a sport psychologist (learn more here). Dr. Fogaca  is a new faculty member in the psychology program so this will be a great chance to get to know her.
  2. Featured Students/Alumni: Each Monday, we’ll feature one of our students or alum on the blog so you can get to know a little bit about what they’ve done, what their plans are, and what they hope to accomplish before they graduate.  First up, 2015 graduate and former Psi Chi President, Olyvia Kucta.
  3. #GetPsychedGB: As always, the third week of the semester will be dedicated to our #GetPsychedGB campaign.  All week long, we’ll have videos, pictures, games, and more to give you all the reasons you should get involved in psychology at UW-Green Bay.
  4. The PSI Talks: Once again, we’ll be holding the PSI Talks, six engaging talks from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay psychology students and alumni.  Stay tuned for information about how you can apply.
  5. Even More From the Student Orgs: Keep an eye out for even more great programming from the Psychology and Human Development Club and Psi Chi.  Fun events, volunteer opportunities, presentations, and more on the way.  Stay up to date with them by downloading the app via iTunes or Google Play.
  6. Many Ways to Stay Connected: Stay connected with UWGBpsych via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and/or the UWGB Psychology Smartphone App. You’ll never miss a thing.

Featured Alumni: Olyvia Kuchta

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1. When did you graduate? I graduated in May 2015.

2. What do you do now? I recently graduated with my masters degree in Cognitive and Social Psychology from Ball State University. At the beginning of the new semester I will be teaching Research Methods at UW-Madison.

3. Why did you major in psychology? I majored in psychology because it is something I am so passionate about and find myself getting wrapped up in, I can truly find my “flow” and spend hours with the rest of the world out of focus as I stay in the zone focusing on data analysis, reading research articles, or writing research papers. Moreover, I am passionate about social justice and I believe psychology is one powerful tool that can allow us to move toward a more equal society as it can help understand behaviors such as stereotypes, attitudes, prejudice and discrimination and what can be done to ameliorate some of their negative effects.

4. What do you do for fun? I spend time with my family, garden, run, do weightlifting, do Zumba, do kickboxing, read, do research, cook, go to coffee shops, check out cool new places, do crafts. I also enjoy going to local events and meeting new people.

5. What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? When I graduated from UWGB, I was the graduating class speaker and I was able to share my story in front of the class I graduated with as words of inspiration as we graduated. I was honored to do that then and I still feel so proud of myself for doing that. Also, I completed a thesis project in graduate school on female leadership and feminist identity which was a big accomplishment for me as well.

6. What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology?  I’m not much of a movie buff, but probably even though I know Dr. Martin would give me a hard time, I really like Shutter Island a lot. I also like Girl, interrupted as well.  For books, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood, and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. For TV shows, Dexter or Criminal Minds.  And can I add podcast? I love Hidden Brain (and fellow psychology nerds will love it too), Code Switch, and Criminal.

7. . What’s an important goal or accomplishment you are currently working on? My dream is to get my PhD in social psychology and be a professor doing research on gender and sexuality and teaching. I am currently working on a few publications and research projects and will continue to do research and teach to prepare myself for a doctoral program. I also strive to maintain a happy and healthy body, mind, and attitude to keep myself motivated and maintain a good work life balance. Moreover, I also work hard to be a role model and advocate for other women and minorities and it is my hope and goal that my research and advocacy can serve to empower minorities and guide policies that can shape a more equal, accepting, and peaceful world.