Stephanie Doan on Psychology, Mentorship, and Conducting a Research Project in Her Second Year
Stephanie Doan, '18
Education & Human Studies
Consulting Intern to the Champlain Department of Residential Life in Burlington, VT
Student Resources Coordinator for the Divison of Student Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion at Champlain College in Burlington, VT
My learning experiences in the classroom have helped me become more introspective, reflect on who I am, and understand what I need. Those skills then help me to help others understand what they need.
How did you choose your major?
I chose Psychology because I'm passionate about helping people, especially children. I love to think philosophically and then take my thoughts and find ways to apply them. I've loved the Psychology program at Champlain! I enjoy the combination of hearing field stories from my professors with hands-on experience, even in the classroom. I like discussing case studies and reading different content that we not only discuss in class, but also criticize, as if we are part of the professional Psychology community.
What types of projects have you worked on in the Psychology program?
My most rewarding project was a research assignment for my Research Methods & Analysis II course. It was a very difficult and time-consuming project, but I was able to choose my own topic, write a proposal, work with actual research to develop my skills in research psychology, perform testing on almost 200 participants, and then present it to other members of the Psychology community here at Champlain. I wouldn't want to do it again, but it's an experience I would never trade.
Are you involved with any organizations on campus?
I work as a Resident Assistant on campus with sophomores, and I mentor first-year students through the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI). My learning experiences in the classroom have helped me become more introspective and develop skills that help me reflect on who I am and understand what I need. Those skills have helped me to help others understand what they need, which allows me to connect students to the resources they need to lead them to success and health.
Anthony Rivers on the Upside-Down Curriculum, Bringing a Personal Touch to Class Projects, and Developing Professional Skills
Anthony Rivers, '18
Education & Human Studies
Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
Apprentice Trainer at the Vermont Dog Club in Essex Junction, VT
Gold Coast, Australia
Dog Trainer at Petco in South Burlington, VT
My favorite classes are the ones that let me bring a piece of my personality into the classroom.
How did you pick your major?
Honestly, I became a Psychology major because people told me I give good advice. Being so undecided professionally, the Upside-Down Curriculum helped me get involved and dedicate myself to my major right away. There was no sense of insecurity once I had my first psychology class.
Do you have an example of a particularly rewarding project you worked on?
I've been lucky enough to have a lot of open-ended projects that allowed me to express myself in any way that I want. My favorite classes are the ones that let me bring a piece of my personality into the classroom. In my public speaking class, I brought my dog to class and gave an interactive speech on dog training. Needless to say, I got a good grade for that.
What has been the best part about the Psychology program?
The best part about Champlain is that I've been able to wear many different hats throughout my years here, and it's bettered me as a person. Even though I've changed my mind a lot about what I want to do after graduation, I know that the skills I developed working on all my class projects will serve me well in the professional world.