Shahrazad Shahin ?26

Shahrazad Shahin

Class Year

’26

Hometown

Corinth, MS

Major(s)

Psychology

Minor(s)

Japanese

Shahrazad Shahin ’26, a major in psychology with a minor in Japanese, has utilized Carthage’s Aspire Center to find internships that would fit into her busy schedule and help prepare her for her career. As someone who loves to help others, Shahrazad’s goal is to become a clinical psychologist.

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“My heart would skip a beat every time I saw the campus and looked at all the banners about the school. That’s when I knew this was the college for me.”

Shahrazad Shahin, ’26

Why Carthage?

“I used to live on Sheridan Road back when I was a kid. When my mother, little sister, and I would go over to my dad’s shop in downtown Kenosha, we would pass by Carthage.”

Faculty mentors

“When I was going through a rough patch, the Carthage faculty were the people I turned to. They were so helpful and kind, making them truly the best. They are amazing to talk to about anything!”

Favorite class

“Despite me being a psychology major, I really enjoyed my Japanese classes and Legacies of Race and Racism in the U.S. Japanese is a really fun language, and I’m always up for a challenge to learn new things. The class is small, but every day with that class has something new and interesting to entail. As for the Legacies of Race and Racism course, it opened up my eyes on how far back it went. The discussion was even better to hear everyone’s point of view.”

Toughest class

“The toughest class would have to be Research Methods and Statistics for psychology. The first half of the class wasn’t so hard, but the second half was! I wanted to pull my hair out by how stressful it was. Now that the first half is out of the way, I still don’t know how Jamovi works.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus would be the third floor in the David A. Straz Jr. Center. There are these tall chairs on that floor that have a nice view of the lake and a small crater to look down at the previous floor. I remember I spent the whole day studying there for an exam I had. It’s not too quiet, and it’s not too loud.”

Favorite memory

“My favorite Carthage moment would have to be guessing my psychology professors’ costume on Halloween in 2022. I knew in an instant that it was Harlow’s monkeys. After the lecture that day, I gave them bubbles, which it was super endearing to see as they let out their inner child and blow bubbles. I had extra and handed more out to a few students on campus. It was a tad bit childish, but I love to see people happy!”

Advice for other students in your major?

“Take care of yourself. Your mental health matters. You decide what you want to do! Don’t let anyone tell you what you should or shouldn’t do.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“When I was around 8 years old, I either wanted to be a doctor or a fashion designer. At that age, I had a passion for designing clothes and drawing. I remember having a composition notebook and doodling all of my fashion designs, and now that I think about it, I question its integrity. If my 8-year-old self saw me now, she would wonder what the heck is psychology and question if we ever opened up that fashion boutique or studied to become a doctor. I don’t think I would have the heart to tell her I never opened up the boutique and I’m still going to work at a hospital, just not as a doctor.”