Meet a Psychology Major

katelyn

Katelyn Connor ’14

Extra-curricular activities: 

  • Performing Arts
  • Resident Assistant in the Arches Program
  • College Judiciary Council: Student Court
  • Kingsbridge Heights Community Center Volunteer
  • Writing Center Tutor
 

Why did you choose your major? 

I have always been fascinated by what makes people tick and how people view themselves. Two areas more specifically that have interested me are psychological disorders and adolescence. I became interested in these fields when I started working at the Writing Center and the KHCC Learning Institute, and when I had the opportunity to be a camp counselor for teens with kidney disease through L.O.V.E. Texas. I would eventually like to work as a counselor or therapist in one of these fields.

What has been your favorite class? 

My favorite class has definitely been Adolescent Psychology (PSYC 346). Learning about one of the most drastic biological, social and psychological stages in life was fascinating, and it has led me to volunteer with teens in Kingsbridge Heights, as well as continue research in adolescent and parent conflict with Dr. Marin.

Have you done any research projects?

I am currently doing research with Dr. Marin on adolescent-parent conflict. The study focuses on perspective-taking within adolescents and parents, which means that we measure how each side views the conflict and how well they can relate to the other side’s opinions and views on the conflict.

What are your plans after graduation?

I’m not sure what I would like to do specifically after college, but I know that I will be an advocate of mental health in some form or another.

What are the faculty like?

The faculty are amazing. They remember everyone’s name and really get to know the students in each class, no matter how large the class is. They give interesting discussions and assignments in class and are always looking to make sure that the students understand the material.

What’s your favorite thing about this major?

My favorite thing about my major is how supportive the faculty are. They have given me such guidance and great advice. Their support goes a really long way.

What’s the most difficult thing about this major?

The most difficult thing about my major has been choosing classes! I’m interested in all the awesome topics offered each semester, but I’m very limited because of my double major. I have to choose very wisely during registration time.

What advice would you give to new students trying to select a major?

I would definitely say take at least one psychology class! Even if it ends up not being what a student is interested in, the skills students learn in a psychology class can be applied to any major or job.