Featured Student: Sophia Sielen

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1. When will you graduate? I will graduate in May 2020.
2. What are your career plans? My career plans are to go to graduate school and become a children’s therapist or social worker.
3. Why did you major in psychology? I am majoring in psychology because I enjoy learning about the topic and I feel it is the best choice to send me in the right direction for the career plans I have in mind.
4. What do you do for fun? I like spending time with my friends and family. I also really enjoy working on my art and reading for fun. Art has always been something I enjoy, which is also why I am majoring in art along with psychology.
5. What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? I am most proud of being inducted into Psi Chi and I hope that I will be able to become more involved in the Psychology department now that
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6. What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology? My favorite TV show related to psychology is Criminal Minds. I love how they create profiles and investigate peoples minds and behavior in order to solve the crime. I am not sure if I have a favorite book or movie related to psychology, but Criminal Minds is definitely my favorite TV show.
7. What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating? I hope to become involved in both the Psychology and Art departments. Also I want to get to know more of the faculty and students in both departments. I also hope to continue my involvement in both Psi Chi and PsycHD.
8. What else do you want people to know about you? I will be the PsycHD public relations officer along with the Psychology and Stuff intern next semester. I look forward to both opportunities and hope I can make the best out of both, by getting experience and meeting people in the psychology department here at UWGB.

Featured Alumni: Diana Delbecchi

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​​1. When did you graduate? I graduated in December of 2010 with a double major in Psychology and Human Development.

2. What do you do now? I recently returned from a master’s program in Ireland and volunteering at a rural refugee camp in Greece. My MA is in Gender, Globalisation and Human Rights, so I would consider myself to be a human rights advocate at the moment.

3. Why did you major in psychology? I love people, isn’t that why we all study psychology? :) I was, and still am, fascinated by people, personalities and family systems. When I think back on the courses I got the most out of I would have to say theories of personality, clinical child psychology and gender across the lifespan. They were utterly fascinating.

4. What do you do for fun? I really enjoy travelling. After living abroad for the last year and a half, I have certainly caught the travel bug. I have a long list of destinations I can’t wait to visit.

5. What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? I am most proud of the FLITE program I developed my senior year in college. The program helped many high school students access higher education and I am still in touch with it’s graduates today. It holds a special place in my heart and I feel blessed that I received such incredible support for this project from the professors in the psych department and Phuture Phoenix. Many of the psych professors volunteered their time to speak to the group. For those that don’t know, FLITE was a college-bound program started in 2010 at Preble High School. You can learn more about it here: http://goo.gl/oXJqCz. On a side note, I am also super proud of my recent research dissertation for my master’s degree program. I researched and wrote on the unique paradox facing undocumented students and education rights in the US from a political and human rights critique. My research concluded that citizenship is a process engendered by politics and current policies regarding undocumented youth have created a substantive citizenship status that elevates the population into a position of having the “right to have rights” and, therefore, a right to education. Talk about a mouth full. :)

6. What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show, related to psychology? Hmm.. This is a great question. I had to really think about it. I feel like everything relates to psychology, or maybe it’s just that I am always applying what I learned to the things I read, watch and absorb. However, a great book I would suggest to everyone is called War: What if it were here? by Janne Teller. It discusses a fictional war situation from the perspective of a young British boy forced to flee to an Arab country to seek refugee. It is written like a diary and you are able to feel his pain and witness the decline of his mental health and his families under the strains of living with so little in an environment that is entirely foreign to him. It is a worthy read for anyone trying to better understand the psychological impacts of war.

7. What an important goal or accomplishment you are currently working on? Presently, I have been working on fundraising for refugee youth education projects in Greece. I am heading back to the refugee camp I worked at over winter to continue volunteering. I recently held a community event at the ART Garage and we raised over $2,600 dollars that will return with me to be used directly on-the-ground for educational activities with refugee children and youth. Anyone interested in learning more or donating to the cause can visit www.gofundme.com/from-ritsona-with-love-fundraiser. I have also been giving presentations around the Green Bay community regarding the rights of refugees, the asylum process, conditions in the camps and sharing real stories that bring a human face to the crisis.

Featured Student: Mackenzie Bowe

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1. When will you graduate? I will graduate in May 2018.
2. What are your career plans? I plan to go to graduate school for social work.
3. Why did you major in psychology? I actually originally decided to attend UWGB for nursing but after taking my intro to psychology course, I decided that psychology was what I wanted to study. I love studying people and how they work. I am especially interested in how exogenous cues can affect an individual and how they act towards others.
4. What do you do for fun? I enjoy watching Netflix and movies, hanging out with friends, and napping.
5. What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? I am very proud of the fact that I have been included on the honors lists several times over the course of my career here. It is nice to see when all the hard work and dedication pays off.
6. What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology? My favorite TV show related to psychology is Brain Games.
7. What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating?  Before graduating I want to be a research assistant for one of the wonderful professors in the in the psych department. It would be an incredible honor.

Featured Student: Samantha Alger-Feser

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  1. When will you graduate? I plan to graduate in December 2018.
  2. What are your career plans? I’m still in the process of figuring out what I want to do, but if I had to decide today, I would want to work with kids in a school setting as a counselor! I love working with kids. They’re so creative, resilient, and hopeful.
  3. Why did you major in psychology? I decided to major in psychology because I’ve always had a passion for helping people. I’ve been empathetic since I was little. I’ve always felt this indescribable need to fix people who aren’t happy. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible, but when I receive a degree in psychology, I’ll be able to help people feel happy at a more successful rate!
  4. What do you do for fun? In my free time I enjoy painting, drawing, watching Netflix, and napping. I love doing arts and crafts. It’s a great way to activate my imagination and create!
  5. What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? Last semester I was presented with the Whitney Radder Award for my work tutoring through the Phuture Phoenix program. It was such an amazing honor to receive the award from Whitney’s mother and uncle. It was definitely an experience I will never forget and that I will always treasure.
  6. What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology? My favorite movie is The Shining, my favorite book is The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Dexter is one of my favorite TV shows.
  7. What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating? It’s really difficult to narrow down the long list of things I hope to accomplish here. If I had to pick one, I’d choose being a research assistant for one of the amazing professors from our psychology department. I think it would be a priceless experience where I would learn things that cannot be taught in a classroom.
  8. What else do you want people to know about you? I’m going to be the Psi Chi officer of public relations next semester and I couldn’t be more excited to be part of such an amazing organization! I’m also really looking forward to using Psi Chi as a way to meet new people with similar interests in psychology.

PSI Talks: Applying Psychology to Help Children with Autism (Annie Jones)

In this engaging and thoughtful talk, Annie Jones (class of 2017) talks about how she is applying what she learned through her psychology major to her work with kids with autism.

One of four engaging talks from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Psychology students and alumni on December 5th, 2016 at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

-Talk Sponsored by Dr. Kris Vespia

Featured Student: Morgan Storkson

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1. When will you graduate? May 2019
2. What are your career plans? I am planning to attend graduate school for my Master’s or Ph. D. but am pretty flexible still. Ideally, I would like to work in a jail or prison with inmates as a therapist.
3. Why did you major in psychology? I am majoring in psychology because I love learning about how people operate and why we are the way that we are. I find helping people to be beneficial to not only others but myself as well. I have found that I work well with a variety of individuals and am looking forward to expanding my skills in the future.
4. What do you do for fun? I love to travel, read, learn about new things, go camping, roast hotdogs over a fire, and hang out with friends.
 5. What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? I am most proud of being inducted to Psi Chi and earning the role of Treasurer in the organization. I am very happy to learn more about our psychology department and be recognized for my hard work.
6. What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology? I really like Sherlock (both the movie and the television series) but I am also a fan of the television show Scorpion. I enjoy Sherlock’s quick thinking and the exciting way he analyzes people and situations. As for book related to psychology, I am a huge fan of anything Ellen Hopkins (particularly her novel Identical).
7. What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating? I hope to know more professors and students in the psychology department and I can do this by furthering my involvement in Psi Chi and PsycHD.
8. What else do you want people to know about you? I am a very involved person on campus and next year I will be a Community Advisor in Residence Life while juggling an internship at Freedom House Ministries.

Featured Student: Naomi Semb-Lovejoy

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1. When will you graduate? May 2018
2. What are your career plans? I plan on attending graduate school after completing my degree here at  UWGB to become a high school guidance counselor.
3. Why did you major in psychology? I spent my first two years here majoring in Education, it wasn’t until I met our amazing Psychology Professors and started taking classes like Social Psychology and Middle Childhood that I realized I did not want to be a teacher.  However, I still wanted to work with kids so I figured out that Psychology was the way for me to go.  It was a great decision.  I love the Psychology and Human Development departments on our campus and appreciate all of the individualized learning opportunities I have been able to go through.
4. What do you do for fun? In my free time I like to play volleyball, watch Hulu, read, go shopping, and hang out with my friends.  If the weather is nice, I go for walks on the trails.
5. What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? Studying abroad in South Africa over winter break was an amazing experience. Taking classes at a University there was great and experiencing their culture was very eye opening.  An accomplishment that I am proud of is becoming the Psi Chi President for the 2017-2018 academic year.  I can’t wait to see what next year has to offer me.
6. What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology?  My favorite movie would be “Inside Out.”  My favorite book is “Perks of a Wallflower.”  And my favorite TV show is “Criminal Minds.”
7. What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating? One thing I want to accomplish at UWGB before I graduate is to complete a Research Assistantship with a faculty member.  I have been a Teaching Assistant, I have studied abroad, I am involved in Psi Chi, and I will be a Psych Mentor.  Being an RA will really complete my experience here in the Psychology and Human Development Department.