Hometown: Milford, Mich.
Class: third year
Areas of interest: human factors and usability
Postgraduation plans: enroll in a graduate program for industrial/organizational psychology or human factors (engineering psychology)
On-campus involvement: Association of Psychology Students; Figure Skating Club vice president; Human Interface Design Enterprise
Other Activities: figure skating instructor at Michigan Tech
Rachel Says . . .
- What do you love most about psychology, and why did you choose it for your major?
The field of psychology can be applied to anything and anyone, and there are so many career pathways available with a psychology degree. I never get bored because there is always something new to learn in many diverse areas. I originally chose psychology for my major because I like interacting with people, and now that I am exploring the other facets of the discipline I can keep growing with my education.
- How would you describe your experience at Michigan Tech so far?
I couldn’t be happier. I fell in love with the area up here. I started out studying computer science, but changed my major to psychology after realizing I wanted to pursue a career with more human interaction. I have thrived in the small-class environment, and the professors in the department are very enthusiastic.
- What do you like most about Tech?
The vast amount of activities available to students—I never get bored here. I enjoy being involved with the Human Interface Design Enterprise, which partners with Chrysler. Basically, I work on experimental methods, focusing on usability and ergonomics. For example, we test new devices or interfaces to make sure they are usable.
- What do you like most about the department?
The one-on-one interactions students are able to have with the faculty, who are very invested in their students. If you need more attention from your instructors, or if you have questions, their doors are always open. They want you to succeed and are willing to go above and beyond to help students. And they have always given me great advice that could be applied to my schooling or my career goals.
- What do you like most about being a psychology ambassador?
The ambassador role fits me well because I have the opportunity to share my love of psychology with others. I am a good listener, and I think most people in the psychology department are as well.
- What advice do you have for prospective psychology students?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions or get involved. Put yourself out there, and try new things. If you find something you’re interested in doing, then do it. That’s what college is about.