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A Day in the Life of a Transfer Student

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A day in the life of a transfer student at the University of Massachusetts

Hannah, 21, a senior psychology major and education minor, talks about her experience at UMass so far. She’s on the women’s club hockey team and happens to be one of my best friends from home. Hannah transferred here the fall semester of her junior year and quickly fell in love with the school. 


Q: What made you transfer to UMass? 
A: The location and it’s a well-known school. My best friend went here! I’m happy with my decision. 

Q: Why are you majoring in psychology? 
A: I chose psychology because it’s interesting, and you can pick what you want to do with it based on your interests. There are a lot of different types of psychology, and you can pick the field you want to go into. It’s not one set path you have to follow. 

Q: Why are you minoring in education? 
A: I want to work with kids in my future. Having a background in education will help.

Q: Do you have an all-time favorite course? Why? 
A: My favorite psychology class is Psych 380 Abnormal Psych. It’s case-study based instead of a lecture, and the material is very engaging. 

Q: What have you learned about yourself since being in college? 
A: I have learned that working hard pays off in the end.

Q: How do you balance your schedule of classes and hockey? 
A: I balance my time by getting ahead of assignments. I avoid taking naps and am proactive about getting my work done early. 

Q: Do you think internships are important? 
A: Yes. An internship gives you the opportunity to work in your field. You get to experience if you like it or not. Apply to as many internships as you can, and don’t wait until the last minute. 

Q: Do you have any advice for incoming or current students who are interested in majoring in psychology? 
A: Pick classes based on what you are interested in. There are many classes to choose from in the Department of Psychology. 

Q: What's the next step for you once you graduate? 
A: I’m planning to work or intern for a year in the field of psychology. Then I want to apply to grad school for clinical psychology. 

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