Hometown: Pleasant Prairie, Wis.
Class: fourth year
Areas of interest: human dimensions of natural resources and environmental issues
Postgraduation plans: enroll in a PhD program for environmental psychology or human dimensions of natural resources; would like to work in environmental communications or as an environmental psychologist/sociologist
On-campus involvement: Association of Psychology Students; Psi Chi
Other Activities: Multiliteracies Center language coach; undergraduate research assistant under Professor Kathleen Halvorsen; enjoys archery, yoga, hiking, backpacking, fishing, and any other outdoor activity; has three cats: Estes, Yukon, and Rosie
Lauren Says . . .
- Why did you choose to study psychology at Michigan Tech?
Before transferring to Michigan Tech from a Wisconsin university, I was considering another Michigan university. I felt like the other university was ordinary, whereas Tech blew me out of the water. I toured the campus and fell in love with it, in part thanks to the high graduate school placement rate and the psychology advisor, Associate Professor Susan Amato-Henderson.
- How would you describe your experience at Tech so far?
Above and beyond what I ever imagined college would be. I honestly feel like transferring to Michigan Tech was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life because I’ve had so many ridiculously amazing opportunities that I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else.
- What do you love most about psychology, and why did you choose it for your major?
I love how psychology ties into every aspect of human life—whether it’s academics or daily life. I chose to major in psychology because I was at a crossroads between social sciences and physical sciences. I feel there is a huge gap in people's knowledge of the environment, and I want to communicate and work with people on this physical science.
- What do you like most about the department?
My favorite thing is how close we are. When I initially transferred to Tech, I knew no one—I was on my own. I had absolutely no social life. After I joined the Association of Psychology Students, I started making friends, and the organization grew. I know it sounds cliché, but I feel like we are a family. All of the professors know the students, and they are willing to support you. And I feel the same way about the students—everyone is willing to lend a hand. I love it here.
- What do you feel is unique about the psychology program at Tech?
The flexibility of the program. I have two very different interests: psychology and natural resources. The psychology degree has allowed me to study exactly what I want, while earning a minor in environmental studies to support my professional interests.
- What should prospective psychology students know about the ambassador program?
No matter the situation you find yourself in, almost every one of us has faced the same thing. We need new and prospective students to ask us questions and come to us with problems/concerns.