There are two things Angeliemarie Soto wants prospective students to know about the Carthage and Psychology Department:
1. Carthage opens up many doors for its students.
2. It’s up to students to walk through them.
“I think the Psychology Department is great,” Angeliemarie said. “The professors push you to your fullest, but you have to pay attention in your classes and be willing to use the tools they teach you.”
There are always opportunities for students to get involved. Angeliemarie originally hoped to be a departmental fellow, a paid position involving a substantial amount of research. However, when she later found that the position was filled, she was guided by Professor Leslie Cameron to another opportunity. She now works with Professor Dan Miller on his research into stress, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In fact, she will have the chance to teach younger classmates about the methods she used in the project.
“I think it is great that I get the opportunity to show other students what I did,” she said.
After she graduates, Angeliemarie wants to go to graduate school and eventually get into clinical psychology, but before that she may take some time to give back and join the Peace Corps. “Graduate school will always be there, but I want to travel and give back,” she said.
“I didn’t expect to be able to call some of my professors by their first names or to learn as much as I have. Of course learning is the point of going to college, but to learn information on so many diverse topics is what is truly great.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“Although I’ve met many great professors at Carthage, I would have to say that Dan Miller is one of my favorites. He is a friendly professor who is more than happy to help when you have questions. He encourages and fosters learning. Thanks to him, not only do I have the opportunity to conduct research, but I truly enjoy it — and that’s something that I never thought would be possible.”
“Abnormal Psychology was my favorite class. Clinical psychology is something that I want to pursue. This class not only contained valuable knowledge, but I found the content itself to be fascinating.”
“History of Psychology at Carthage was one of the toughest classes I have had at Carthage. It was a J-Term class with Prof. Leslie Cameron in which students were responsible for researching the history of the Psychology Department at Carthage College. We spent three weeks researching professors, theses, research that was conducted, and the history of Psi Chi at Carthage College. We spent countless hours in the archives and communicated with various people in order to research all of these topics. It was definitely demanding, but I learned a lot and it was a great experience.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
Favorite spot on campus
“I think there are many great spots on campus, it all just depends on your mood. If I want to study and do homework, Einstein’s and Starbucks are great during the slow times. If I want more activity and some fun, the Student Union is definitely a good place to hang out. If I just want a peaceful place for some quiet time to reflect and be by myself, then the small chapel is definitely a great place.”
Biggest surprise so far
“I didn’t expect to be able to call some of my professors by their first names or to learn as much as I have. Of course, learning is the point of going to college, but to learn information on so many diverse topics is what is truly great. I’ve been exposed to subjects like philosophy, Greek culture, Islam, acting, Zumba, political science, and many more. These classes have allowed me to expand my knowledge and become a well-rounded individual. Carthage offers many opportunities and a wide variety of classes that enhance your education beyond your major and that can be applied in your life.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“I think that psychology is a great major, but students need to be driven in order to excel. The Psychology Department’s professors are friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. However, they will push you to excel and succeed, so it is up to you to advance and do well. The Psychology Department truly trains you for your future, so if this is something that students are driven to pursue, then they will do very well.”