Hi everyone! During this week's meeting we took a break from academic meetings and decided to do something fun so we watched an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The episode that we watched was called "Authority" from Season 9 Episode 17 and we chose this episode because this episode is inspired by the "Milgram Experiments" conducted by Stanley Milgram on obedience.
Hi everyone! This week instead of our normal Psi Chi meetings we had a pizza fundraiser in order to help us raise funds for WPA!
Hi everyone! These are definitely very interesting and chaotic times that we are experiencing right now, but we hope you are all staying safe and healthy! Just because school has been officially been moved to virtual instruction, we are still going strong and we will continue having our meetings but they will just be over Zoom.
For this week's meeting we had 2019 alum, Shea Duarte talk about her experience at UC Davis' Psychology PhD Program. She gave us same great insight into the different programs that are offered at UC Davis, tips for getting prepared for grad school and more! So if you missed today's meeting then go ahead and go through the slides!
Guest Speaker: Dr. Garcia, Clinical Neuropsychologist
Hello everyone and happy week 5! If you have any midterms this week we wish you the best of luck!
This week we went over some tips for how to become a better presenter whether it be for research presentations or classroom presentations. When it comes to presenting, confidence is always key but there are other factors that are important when it comes to presentations such as where you are standing, and the content you are presenting. Below we have some slides filled with all our tips and tricks for presenting and we hope y'all find this useful!
Hello everyone and happy week 4! Hopefully everyone has had a great first few weeks of the semester. At this week's meeting we relaxed and played a game of Kahoot regarding a variety of trivia about psychology and more. The first place winner even won a Panda Express gift card! We hope to see you at next week's meeting!
BRONCO BRAIN DAY & BRAIN DAY JR.
Hi everyone and happy week 2! This week we had our 2017-2018 Psi Chi president, Sergio Maldonado Aguiniga, stop by to talk about his experience in the counseling psychology program at Purdue University as a second year Ph.D. student.
Why a Ph.D. in counseling psychology?
In his talk he mentioned that a few of the reasons he decided to choose the counseling psychology program at Purdue, instead of other programs, were the flexibility and the fact that it was fully funded which played a large role. He shared the difference between clinical psychology and counseling psychology. He described counseling psychology as "strength and optimal aspect + holistic approach, and also relating to the multicultural and social justice field" but mentioned that clinical psychology does not focus on these aspects as much. He decided to go with counseling psychology due to his interest in the field of social justice after experiencing a personal tragedy.
What did Sergio feel prepared him?
The McNair Scholar program was a large reason that he felt prepared due to the research opportunities that strengthened his skills and taught him new ones.
Psi Chi was another program that he felt prepared him because it provided accountability he needed to make sure he wasn't procrastinating. Psi Chi also provided him with a large support group and sense of community that kept him going.
Prison Education Program and Reintegration Academy
He felt that this program prepared him as well because he was able to get hands-on experience dealing with social justice issues within the prison system. Social justice was a reason that he decided to pursue the counseling psychology program as well because that was something that he was very passionate about.
Justice Us for Youth
This is a nonprofit organization based in the city of Pomona that provides mentorships for "at risk" youth. He felt that this prepared him due to the hands-on aspect of it that provided him with valuable experience
Last Few Thoughts.
Sergio emphasized the fact that feeling "burnt out" is inevitable and you will either face it when you're in your last years of undergrad or during your next venture into higher education. He stated, "If you want to go to grad school, don't feel obligated to take on e-board positions in Psi Chi or any other club. When I was applying for grad schools, I didn't mention Psi Chi at all."
Another thing that he also talked about was to consider the type of environment and culture of each program. He said to look for how supportive they are, what their values are, and do they understand that sometimes life happens and you need a break, He talked about how when a family member was sick, he had to make the decision to choose between taking off a semester and being set back a year in order to come back home and take care of his family member, or just finish this semester and go back home as soon as it was done. Upon talking with advisors, he came to the decision that he would take the semester off because he values family and the university was supportive of his decision and he is also still receiving funding from them.
Hi everyone, and welcome back! Hopefully your break was restful and you're ready to take on spring semester!
At our first meeting back, we simply went over a few deadlines for WPA as well as just catching up with everyone. We also did an activity in order to find out who was in each psychology class in order for people to mingle with their classmates and have a friendly face in their class.
Some important deadlines:
Funding for WPA:
Link to register for WPA: www.xcdsystem.com/wpa/attendee/index.cfm?ID=L2GeA8R
Hope everyone Is having a great semester! At this week's meeting we distressed from midterms and watched "Coraline" and colored some Halloween themed colouring pages! We hope you enjoyed this meeting and good luck on the rest of your finals.
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