Kyle St. Hilaire

Class of 2015
Hometown: Berlin, NH

This is a great department and the professors here are wonderful. They want you to succeed, which is why they push you so hard.

Life as a Psychology Major

  • Best experience in the department:

      Summer research. You get to do what you like and pick a topic of your choice and do all the background research. You work closely with the professors and get to know them really well.

  • Favorite class:

      Abnormal psychology. It's the study of mental disorders so we learned about depressive and anxiety disorders and how its important to reduce stigma around them and accept it as something a person can't control.

  • Career goals:

      Get a PhD in cognitive psychology and teach and do research.

  • Research experience:

      I'm researching older adults, with Dr. Blomquist. We're learning about food culture and their food traditions and talking about whether or not they want to pass down their traditions. I'm studying Caucasians and minorities to see if there's a difference. We think racially diverse people will be more likely to pass down traditions.

Best of List

  • Best study location:

      I like working in the lab in the psychology department because no one else can get access to it.

  • Favorite activity:

      Going downtown. I like just walking around, trying new restaurants, and going to Falls Park.

  • Best thing about Greenville:

      The community. It's a very happening place. There's always a festival downtown, the people are so nice, and the food is so good. It's a very homey downtown.

  • Biggest challenge:

      Making time to study. The first semester is a wake up call because you don't do as well as you thought you would coming from high school but that wake up call makes you aware that you need to say no friends when you need to study or write a paper.

  • Favorite place to eat:

      Coffee Underground. It's a little hole in the wall place and they have good drinks and pastries it's a cool place to go with friends to hang out and talk.

  • Favorite Furman tradition:

      Orientation week. Coming here as a freshmen you don't really know anyone and you're kind of nervous and worried you won't meet anyone, but Furman makes sure you get to meet people. There's a fun carnival and other events like the My Tie dance and hall activities.

  • Best campus dining spot:

      Einsteins. I like going there late at night for a study break get some coffee to wake up or a little snack to get through all nighters.

Helpful Tips

  • Choosing a major:

      Try different things and go with what you like. I came here thinking I was going to be a chemistry major and I switched a few times before I decided on psychology. That's the cool thing about a liberal arts school you have to try everything with all the general education requirements you have to take.

  • Studying:

      Just be sure to manage your time, make a schedule, and start early.

  • Getting involved on campus:

      The first month of school they have an activities fair where all the organizations come out and teach new students about what they do and how to get involved.

  • Making friends:

      Have an open mind and be involved during O-Week. Talk to people during classes, everyone here's friendly.

  • What isn't in the brochure:

      It's a lot harder than you think. I would come here with a serious mindset. Have fun and do what you like to do, but academics should come first.

  • Living on campus:

      Get involved with your hall. You make a lot of great friends that way just talking to your roommates and hall mates.

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