You have to understand, you know, the way the world is, but also you have to understand why the world is. That's the question. It's always why.
I would take my friends to the counselor when they were having problems in elementary and middle school, and so it always just seemed like a natural fit because I'm always wanting to help people with their problems. Psychology for me, it's just at the heart of everything that I want to be better about the world.
So psychology students tend to be people who are really interested in other people and also interested in understanding themselves in a deep way.
A sign that psychology could be it for you is that you enjoy talking to people. You're the one that people go to when they're upset, when their distressed, when they're confused. They go to you to help them figure things out.
It's a really collaborative kind of major, so you end up working with other students quite a bit and playing with ideas quite a bit.
Every day I learn something new about the way that people think.
I didn't want to go into super science with psychology. I wanted to go more into the social aspect. And Fort Lewis gave me that opportunity to be able to personalize it to where I want to go.
When we think about psychology, we really think about the science and the practice of it. Just the clinical piece is one aspect, and we have a lot of ways that you can get clinical skill. Within the science field, we look at social psychology, how we relate to others, think about others. We look at physiological psychology, where we're looking at how our physiology predicts behavior. We look at cognitive psychology, how the brain works.
I really love sharing the power of psychology with other people. I love helping them think through things using psychological science, and I also love the interactions with our students because they are fully engaged with the material. They're out there. They're in the Denver county jail. They're in Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo. They're doing motivational interviewing in the community. And I love watching them using it, thriving, and coming back reporting, wow, I used it. It worked.
My students are part of the Native Vision program. And they are from the Newcomb Middle School located in Newcomb, New Mexico, which is about 45 minutes south of Shiprock. And today, we are on the regular challenge ropes course. We are doing our end of the year celebration field trip. Fort Lewis definitely prepared me for this field that I'm in because I do have to understand the community. I have to understand the policies that affect the community and to understand what is going on with the students that I serve and the individuals that I serve.
Everything in the world is based on human behavior. Politics, marketing, all of these things. Knowing what humans respond to and why we act the way that we act and make the choices we make is one of the things that makes the world go round.
It's not for the faint of heart. It's really for people who are okay thinking about really difficult issues, and people who are just really curious about what it is to be human.
We are a small school, Fort Lewis College, and our Psychology department in particular, we are the sushi grade ahi. We have award winning professors here, award winning teachers and researchers, and we have people who are going to help make your life better.
A lot of our students are here because they want to make their communities better, and they want to do it in a psychology way, which is one person at a time.