Meet Linnea, a junior who is majoring in psychology and minoring in communication.
Why did you choose UMD?
Duluth as a university stood out to me more than any other school I considered. The area and the lake are beautiful and I liked how the atmosphere of UMD seems small and connected even though we have a medium-sized student population.
What do you like most about your programs?
I appreciate how I have a lot of say in what classes I want to take. Compared with other programs that give you a direct list of what courses you need to do, the psychology program gives you a lot of options for the electives particularly. I’ve enjoyed being able to pick and choose the classes that interest me!
What has been your most meaningful experience at UMD so far?
My most meaningful experience has definitely been the psychology internship that I am currently working in. I had the opportunity to take an internship preparation class and choose a site where I am shadowing a school psychologist. This was a big turning point in my education because it solidified my decision and interest to pursue school psychology, which was something I did not even consider when I first started as a freshman. It has also been a great experience to be able to work in a professional environment.
What advice do you have for incoming students?
Do not hesitate to ask for advice from faculty. I have found several members in my department to be supportive and helpful, whether it was for academics or for brainstorming possible career paths. They share the same passion for your field of education as you do and can give you lots of insight!
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I really enjoy cooking, going on bike rides, and finding fun things to do in the city with friends.
About the Department of Psychology.