Class of 2014
Being local, I knew that Furman was top notch academically. Plus, my sister-in-law came here for psychology so I learned from her that the program was fantastic.
Life as a Psychology Major
- Why did you decide to come to Furman?
Being local, I knew that Furman was top notch academically. Plus, my sister-in-law came here for psychology so I learned from her that the program was fantastic. I knew I wanted to major in psychology since high school so the department really influenced my decision.
- Why did you decide to be a psychology major?
Coming into college I really wanted to work with Alzheimer's and I knew psychology was a big gateway into getting into that. I met Dr. Horhota whose research is with older adults and from there I knew I wanted to work with older adults as well. That drew me in and kept me in the department.
- Best experience in the department:
The research opportunities. This is my third summer doing research, since I started freshman year. It's a great way to figure out what you want to do after Furman and to get to know your professors. They're really laid back during the summer.
- Favorite class:
- Favorite professor:
- Career goals:
I'm planning on going to graduate school in human factors psychology with a specific focus on human aging. I would either like to go into teaching or do some work with private industry.
- Research experience:
My first summer I worked with Dr. Steitler on whether adherence to medication regimes would influence the placebo effect. The next summer I worked with memory beliefs in older adults with Dr. Horhota. During all this, I've written a meta-analysis on the relationship of memory beliefs and memory performance on older adults. Right now I'm looking at how people interpret the effectiveness of certain memory strategies throughout the lifetime.
Best of List
- Best study location:
- Best thing about Greenville:
- Biggest challenge:
Psychology as a major is very challenging. It feels a lot more rigorous than some of the other academic majors.
- Favorite place to eat:
If I want to go somewhere fancy, my favorite restaurant is the Lazy Goat downtown.
- Favorite Furman tradition:
- Best campus dining spot:
Einstein's late at night because the people that work there are really cool and even know your name.
- Choosing a major:
Take a look at what you love to do and ask yourself, in the end, what do you want to do and who do you want to help? Then pursue what you think is most closely related to your goals.
Read a lot and then test yourself afterwards because it's psychologically proven to be more effective than reading over and over again.
- Getting involved on campus:
Since everybody is so great it's really easy to find people you can relate with and you can ask them what they're doing and what they enjoy. Come into Furman with an open mind and go to the fairs they have.
- Making friends:
- What isn't in the brochure:
One thing that surprised me was exactly how close you would get to everybody. I knew it was a small school but you really do get to know everyone.
- Living on campus:
You never go anywhere by yourself if you're living on campus- there's always a group going somewhere.