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College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Undergraduate Mentoring Program

The undergraduate mentoring program pairs outstanding upperclassman in the department with groups of students enrolled in Psychology 210, one of the starting points for students entering the major. Mentors are also available for other students within the department through office hours, held weekly in Johnson Tower 221A. The mentors are knowledgeable about departmental opportunities, navigating the university, study skills, and general tips for being successful students. In addition to meeting with students in small groups and through office hours, as a group they put on presentations about topics relevant to anyone interested in Psychology or getting involved at the university! If you have any questions about the program, please contact Dr. Dee Posey (deeposey@wsu.edu) or Amy Nusbaum (amy.nusbaum@wsu.edu).

Schedule

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9 amAlexChristinaAlex
10 amCarlieImani (10:30-11:30)Kyle
11 amKyle
12 pmMissyKyle
1pmAlexAlanah (1:15)
2 pmAlanahAlanah
3 pm
4 pm

Mentors:

 

Imani Bender

Imani Bender

 

Email: imani.bender@wsu.edu

Graduation: Spring 2018

Other majors/minors: Sociology and Human Development

Hometown: Seattle, WA (but born in Pullman!)

Intended career: Psychiatric social worker

University involvement: Peer tutoring, Black Student Union, Black Women’s Caucus, Mentoring, and IM sports

Advice for students: Make an effort to do things at WSU that are outside of your comfort zone. Great things happen when you allow yourself to be vulnerable.


Carlie Knox

 

Email: carlieanne13@wsu.edu

Graduation: Spring 2017

Other majors/minors: Neuroscience

Hometown: Federal Way, WA

Intended career: Researcher

University involvement: Research assistant and teaching assistant

Advice for students: Don’t slack off early. You don’t want to spend the rest of your college life trying to fix your GPA!


Christina Hoffman

Christina (Missy) Hoffman

 

Email: christina.hoffman@wsu.edu

Graduation: Spring 2017

Other majors/minors: Criminal Justice

Hometown: Spokane, WA

Intended career: Law professor

University involvement: Club softball and teaching assistant

Advice for students: Get involved as much as you can, you meet good people when you get involved with good organizations.


Kyle Murphy

Kyle Murphy

 

Email: kyle.t.murphy@wsu.edu

Graduation: Spring 2017

Other majors/minors: Criminal Justice

Hometown: Oak Harbor, WA

Intended career: Clinical Psychology professor

University involvement: Green Dot Violence Prevention, IM sports, teaching assistant, and research assistant

Advice for students: Part of the reason why studying psychology at WSU is fun is because, with only four mandatory courses for the major, you have so much control over the psych classes you take. My advice is, use that leeway to take many different types of psychology courses to help figure out what dimensions/branches of psychology you are most passionate about.


Alanah Sutton-Long

Alanah Sutton-Long

 

Email: alanah.sutton@wsu.edu

Graduation: Spring 2017

Other majors/minors: Human Development and Sociology

Hometown: Tacoma, WA

Intended career: Medical social worker/adoption caseworker

University involvement: Cougar Connector, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc., Pay it Forward at WSU, College of Arts and Sciences ambassador, and research assistant

Advice for students: Get involved in research! It gives you the chance to apply what you are learning in the classroom to real life situations. It will also make you a stronger student!


Alex Anderson

Alex Anderson

 

Email: alex.anderson@wsu.edu

Graduation: Spring 2017

Other majors/minors: Criminal Justice and Human Development

Hometown: Kettle Falls, WA

Intended career: Clinical child psychologist

University involvement: Research assistant, Project Leader for the Center for Civic Engagement, Psi Chi, and Greek life

Advice for students: Get involved with a research lab early, even if you choose not to continue Psychology into graduate school the skills you will gain will help you to stand out as an employee.


Christina Strauch

Christina Strauch

 

Email: christina.strauch@wsu.edu

Graduation: Spring 2018

Other majors/minors: English (Creative Writing) and Human Development

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Intended career: Counseling, likely family practice

University involvement: Ballet and jazz instructor for university recreation, teaching assistant, and LandEscapes journal

Advice for students: One piece of advice I would give to incoming psych students is to take every opportunity given to you. Don’t sit in your dorm all day. Go out and meet new people, make connections with professors and advisors, and try anything and everything. College is a time to explore who you are and create an identity for yourself, so don’t let opportunities and experiences pass you by.

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