Featured Alumni: Allee Meerdink (Schramm)

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1. When did you graduate?
I graduated in May of 2017. 
 
2. What do you do now?
Right now, I am working for a staffing company in the compliance department. The company staffs traveling nurses, and once a nurse takes an assignment, I work with them to make them compliant to the hospital checklist. A lot of the work is related to HR, which is something I am interested in going to graduate school for in the future.
 
3. Why did you major in psychology?
I majored in Psychology because it was always something I was interested in! I love learning about research and the how behind the brain’s mechanisms. 
 
4. What do you do for fun?
Right now, just exploring the new city my husband and I just moved to! We’re both originally from the Sheboygan area, and we moved to Appleton this summer. Close enough to UWGB to visit sometime :)
 
5. What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of?
I think I am most proud of all of the roles I head through my academic career (Psi Chi President, Research and Teaching Assistant, Internship with Ryan Martin, Peer Mentor, any many others). I am also really proud to have been honored with the Chancellor’s Leadership Medallion my senior year.
 
6. What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show, related to psychology?
My favorite book and movie (new version) related to Psychology is The Great Gatsby! I love watching the character development in both and how each character has such depth. I literally love the Great Gatsby so much that I used the theme for decor at my wedding!
 
7. What’s an important goal or accomplishment you are currently working on?
An important goal in my life is to first find what career would make me the most happy. I’m enjoying being newly married right now, but I really want to pursue graduate school. At this point, I’m in-between a few possible programs. Hopefully I’ll figure it out soon and start working towards a masters degree!

Featured Student: Sarah Lesniak

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1) When are you graduating? I plan to graduate in December 2019.

2) What are your career plans? I hope to work as a team leader of some sort or to work with children in some way.  I want to take a semester off and work and possibly look into grad school.

3) Why did you major in psychology?I love learning about the brain and why people act the way they do.

4)What do you do for fun? I like to hang out with my friends and family. I also like to go hiking and explore new places I haven’t been.

5) What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? I am proud of being a research assistant studying cross cultural development among children with Sawa Senzaki. I have learned a ton of skills that I will be able to use throughout my life.

6) What is your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology? My favorite movie relating to psychology is the sixth sense and the Brain on Fire. I enjoyed the show Atypical and some other Netflix shows that involve psychology.

7) What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating? I hope to get an internship before I graduate.

8) What else do you want people to know about you? I am from Illinois and I live on an island. I love meeting new people!

Featured Student: Torrey Lucido

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1)  When are you graduating? I am graduating in December 2019.

2)  What are your career plans? I plan on going to graduate school for occupational therapy and working with people with disabilities. I am particularly interested in helping patients who have suffered from brain injury.

3)  Why did you major in psychology? I have always had a passion for helping people with disabilities and have consistently worked and volunteered in the caregiving field since I was 12 years old. My dad has suffered two traumatic brain injuries, one before I was born and one a couple years ago, and watching his experience has sparked my drive to help others in similar situations.  Occupational therapy is a field where I could really help people live their best possible lives and having a background in psychology will ensure my ability to help with the mental aspect of improving physical capabilities.

4)  What do you do for fun? I love distance running, hiking and volunteering at the CP Center.

5)  What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? Making at least semester honors every semester and being a research assistant for Ryan Martin this semester.

6)  What is your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology? My favorite movie is A Long Way Down, book The Alchemist and TV show BoJack Horseman.

7)  What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating? I hope that before I graduate I will have fully utilized all the opportunities and resources given to me by my professors and the school, from internship and volunteer connections to general advice.

  8)  What else do you want people to know about you? I love 80s rock and metal and am so happy I got to see the classic (almost) Guns n Roses play twice. The first time I flew to Texas since I missed all the closer shows!

Featured Student: Eddiberto Flores

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  1. When are you graduating? Graduation is dependent on what I will be doing the summer of 2019. If I take summer courses, I will be graduating in December of 2019. If I enter a research program, I will be graduating in May of 2020.
  2. What are your career plans? I am working towards playing an active role in researching varying therapies that yield long-lasting results. I have carried a fascination with conscious expansion ever since I learned how to be a student of all and any experiences. Entering a graduate program centralized around consciousness is a key component as to why I pursued an undergraduate degree initially. Attaining a position in clinical therapy where I would have the opportunity to teach others how to problem solve and empower themselves would be a wholesome career and use of my life.
  3. Why did you major in psychology? I majored in psychology to get a better understanding of myself through learning about the underlying processes throughout my development that has shaped who I am today. As my education has progressed in the field, I became aware of the marriage between psychology and biology reflecting of one another. I strive to continually approach the world through a pragmatic paradigm. Learning about behavior has taught me how to align my actions with my ambitions.
  4. What do you do for fun? Without obligation, I enjoy creating compositions of sounds to share as stories. Writing songs is my favorite creative practice because it strengthens my writing skills by elucidating lessons that I have learned or have yet to learn. I find it fun to fill space with sounds that create an atmosphere through live music. I also enjoy recording myself and other artists to help them in their musical endeavors.
  5. What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? I am just happy that I have learned to care about thoroughly educating myself. Becoming a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society was a great reflection of my efforts, which was fun to celebrate with my family.
  6. What is your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology? My favorite book related to psychology is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. This book implores the reader to take reign of their own attention by consciously placing it in their present environment. As a gradual practice of being in the moment, I realized how often I was thinking about the past or wondering about the future. Letting go of ruminating thoughts is such a peaceful experience and a great way to choose your own mindset.
  7. What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating? Next semester I will be starting an independent study. I think it would be incredibly cool to have a piece of work published as an undergraduate.
  8. What else do you want people to know about you? I travel as often as I can. This past summer I went on a road trip heading to the pacific northwest while camping along the way with my cat, Liška. This is one of my favorite experiences so far in my life.

Featured Student: Susan Schober

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1) When are you graduating? 
I am graduating this Spring (2019)!
2) What are your career plans? 
I am interesting in working in an area specific to forensic psychology. This could be anything from jury consulting to working in family courts. I’m interested in it all!
3) Why did you major in psychology? 
I knew that psychology was going to be my major ever since I took AP psychology in high school. I wanted to learn why people act the way they do.
4) What do you do for fun? 
I am a member of the Women’s Club Volleyball team, so I really enjoy traveling with my team and competing in various tournaments throughout the year. I am also a HUGE Packer’s fan, so watching their games is another hobby of mine.
5) What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? 
I am very proud of the internship that I had at the Green Bay Police Department. Not only did I get to shadow the different positions at the station, but I also got to go on a few ride-alongs and create a presentation regarding suicides in Green Bay.
6) What is your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology? 
Even though there are some obvious stretches, Split is an awesome movie relating to psychology. My favorite book relating to psychology is called Behind Closed Doors. I don’t want to spoil anything about it for anyone, so go check it out!
7) What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating? 
I am beginning an honor’s project in Dr. Cowell’s research lab on criminality and morality this semester, and I really hope to find significant results once I finish the study!
8) What else do you want people to know about you? 
I went on the study abroad trip to South Africa last January and was charged at by a rhino on the Safari. Our Land Rover had to speed away so quickly, it was terrifying, but it was also the greatest experience I’ve ever had. Please consider going on that trip!

Featured Student: Cory Rauch

Unknown1)  When are you graduating?  December of 2019 (most likely)

2)  What are your career plans?  I plan to earn a PhD in cognitive neuroscience and intend to work as a professor and researcher. I am particularly interested in the cognitive and neurological processes of decision making in the contexts of morality and political ideology.

3)  Why did you major in psychology?  I have always been interested in understanding why people do the things that they do. While I was in the Air Force I saw how impactful an individual’s decisions can be, whether good or bad. I think those experiences really motivated me to think and learn more about how we determine the “right” course of action in the face of uncertainty and time limitations.

 4)  What do you do for fun? I enjoy spending time outdoors; camping, fishing and mountain biking with my wife and son.

5)  What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of?  The work I’ve done as a research assistant to Dr. Cowell has been the most rewarding part of my experience at UWGB. I have had the opportunity to present research at a number of conferences and to work closely with a number of really outstanding people.

 6)  What is your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology? Two books really come to mind, “The Illusion of Conscious Will” by Daniel Wegner and “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Khaneman. Taken together I think these two books really illustrate the complexity and nuance of factors contributing to our decision making.

 7)  What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating? I set a goal, when I got to UWGB, of having my first publication before I completed my undergrad. Beyond that I would like to contribute to the research community at UWGB by growing our reputation as an institution producing high quality research and providing excellent opportunities for undergraduate research.

 8)  What else do you want people to know about you? Outside of school I founded and work as Advocacy Director at a non-profit organization, Intellegere Project, which seeks to advance progressive policy and citizen engagement in Wisconsin through public and civil discourse.

Featured Student: Paige Richardson

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1. When will you graduate?
May 2019
2. What are your career plans?  
Right now, I’m looking into Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
3. Why did you major in psychology?  
It was my favorite class in high school, and I felt confident majoring in it since it is related to any field where people are involved (which is most of them)!
4. What do you do for fun?
I like hiking and biking.
5. What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of?
It’s been really awesome to be a part of both Psi Chi and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies, and I’m super excited to be the Vice President of Psi Chi for the 18-19 school year!
6. What’s your favorite movie, book, and TV show related to psychology?  
I love the movie Inside Out, and a show I have been watching recently is Bull, which is about forensic psychologist.
7. What single thing do you hope to accomplish at UWGB before graduating?  
I had the opportunity to study abroad in Spain this summer, which was a phenomenal experience.
8. What else do you want people to know about you?
I love pugs!