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Meet the Major: Psychology (Neuroscience Track)

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University of Massachusetts psychology major Emily Guerriero sits in front of a large fountain

Emily Guerriero is a senior at the University of Massachusetts majoring in psychology on the neuroscience track, with a minor in Spanish here on campus.

"In high school, I was insistent on attending a small school that was outside of Massachusetts. I went to a small high school, so a small campus population seemed more comfortable to me, and I wanted a new environment since I was born and raised in Massachusetts," she explains. 

However, after taking a tour, Emily realized that there is a lot that UMass Amherst has to offer.

"I learned about the different research opportunities offered to students starting freshman year, the school/colleges for different majors which make the learning community become like a home, the endless support shown by professors and peers, and the diverse and accepting community that is UMass Amherst. As a senior graduating in May, all of these reasons why I chose UMass Amherst still remain true today," Emily says.

Ever since she began college, Emily knew that she wanted to study healthcare, but she wasn’t sure what major she wanted to choose. She started out as a biology major, however after taking a few classes she decided that wasn’t the major for her. She spoke with advisors in both biology and psychology, and decided to transfer there on the neuroscience track. Along the way, she found time to add a minor in Spanish, and even study abroad in Seville, Spain.

In terms of her classes and professors, Emily has nothing but compliments. Her professors and teachers have been supportive and encouraging throughout her four years at UMass Amherst.

“Professors at UMass Amherst are humans, first and foremost, who understand that college is a transitional process and are there to mentor and guide students to be the best versions of themselves,” Emily says.

"I can use a personal example of my professor Dr. Jennifer McDermott who has been a constant role model to me throughout my college journey. I work in Professor McDermott’s Learning Lab in the developmental psychology graduate program. She is a listening ear for all of her students and makes time for every student to cater to their individual abilities and support them with their struggles," she adds.

Aside from classes and studying, Emily is a tour guide and admissions fellow for the university. In her free time, she loves going to the Rec Center and attending her friend Carol’s Pilates class, hanging out with her friends and cooking. After graduation, she plans on using her degree to go into the nursing and is excited to begin working in the field and applying the knowledge she has learned at UMass Amherst. 

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