Callie Kernick '18
I think psychology is fascinating-- there's nothing more interesting than figuring out why people think, feel and act the way they do. As a part of the CARE Lab, I get to work directly with moms and toddlers, exploring the effects of early relationships and attachment on development. Each family I work with is unique, giving me new insight into the ways that people develop and interact. My experiences with the CARE Lab have been touching, fun, challenging, and extremely rewarding.
Although I was set on majoring in Psychology before I came to Pomona, there were two courses that crushed any doubts I had and solidified my decision. The first was Industrial/Organizational Psychology with Sharon Goto. As my first psychology class in college, I was pretty nervous leading up to the first day considering it could easily make or break my decision. The nervousness went out of the window the moment I met Professor Goto, who turned out to be one of the sweetest and most supportive instructors I’ve ever had. As a requirement for the course, we were instructed to find someone in our prospective career and conduct an interview with them, and Goto was a great help throughout the entire process. Taking Industrial/Organizational Psychology gave me valuable foundational skills in networking and career search that I did not have prior to it. Neuropsychology with Nicole Weekes and Richard Lewis was also instrumental in my decision to become a psychology major. The psychology major requires at least two lab-focused courses, and this course offered hands-on experience with various neurological tests, such as EEGs (electroencephalograms) and enzyme immunoassay kits to measure cortisol and stress levels. Along with learning fascinating aspects about the brain, from sleep deprivation to brain damage to emotion regulation, both Weekes and Lewis were dynamic lecturers and approachable outside of the classroom. Overall, the combination of incredible professors, engaging course material, and awesome staff made majoring in psychology a no-brainer.