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Psychology Department

Q & A with Araba Amissah

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Name: Araba Amissah
Major: Psychology
Future goals: After graduation I hope to broaden my skill set and gain more hands-on experience by working in a psychiatric clinic for a year. Once I go back to school for my doctoral degree, my focus will be on counseling psychology, specifically with children and adolescents. 
I decided to study psychology in college so that I could further explore the influences on human behavior and cognitive processes, and learn how to better support people with their mental health.

Why did you decide to study psychology? 

I decided to study psychology during the end of my high school journey when I realized that I had an ever growing passion for understanding human behavior and emotions. I was always interested in the mental health of my friends at school and tried to listen and help them through tough situations. I decided to study psychology in college so that I could further explore the influences on human behavior and cognitive processes, and learn how to better support people with their mental health.

What was your favorite class that you took in your major? And why?

Interpersonal Relations was my favorite class because it gave me so much insight into how people think, feel and act in their relationships with others based on their attachment styles and individual desires. The class also made me think about how I manage my own relationships and with whom I choose to associate myself with based on my own interests and goals.

Who was your favorite professor in your major? And why?

Linda Zyzniewski is definitely my favorite professor in the psych department because she constantly radiates joy and warmth. She taught my Application of Statistics course during my second year and I attribute my great performance in the course thanks to her helpfulness and great concern for my success. Everytime we speak, it feels like catching up with a friend because she is very easy to talk to and a pleasure to be around. Dr. Z also talks to me about navigating my future plans and suggests tips and other opportunities to make myself a better, well-rounded student. 

Can you tell us about research that you’ve participated in?

I participated in Dr. Vivian Dzokoto’s Cultural Psychology In Africa research lab where I was able to get involved in practical research projects such as coding qualitative data sets, doing literature searches and reviews, and writing up a working research paper. Working in this lab has provided me with new skills that will be useful during graduate school as I continue to engage in research projects. 

Why should students consider psychology as a major?

I believe psychology is a great field to explore if you have an interest in working and building strong connections with other people. Studying psychology gives students adequate knowledge and insight to improve their daily behaviors and interactions with other people, thus creating safe spaces within our communities.

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