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Jennifer Aaron: Psychology

Frederick, MD
Major: Psychology
Minors: Biology and Computer Science

Jennifer Aaron knows exactly why she picked her major and her double minor.

I came to IUP undecided and after taking my first Psychology class I was hooked. Because you have to have a minor as a Psych major I choose Biology because I felt its study of the body would compliment Psychology's study of the mind. Then as a Junior, I picked up a Computer Science minor because of the importance that technology will play in any field that I wish to go into after college.

Turns out, Jennifer Aaron's interest in psychology has deepened each semester. Sometimes, as Jennifer and other students will tell you, it's wise to follow your instincts. Pursue those things you like, those things you've come to care about, and you may be making the wisest decision of your life.

The discussion-oriented classes are what attracted me to the Honors College. The whole idea of having a Core class where discussion and not lecturing is the norm made me jump at the idea of coming here. Then, getting into psychology classes, I found things are very research-oriented in the Psychology department. There is a big drive to get into research with a professor before you graduate. Most of the professors I've interacted with have been eager to help with class or in pointing you in the right direction to get things done.

One of her first steps toward setting longer-range goals was joining Psi Chi, the Psychology Honors Society, a group that encourages research and gives students the kind of practical experience that will help them stand out among other applicants to graduate school. The next step, will be to enter IUP's Honor's Program in Psychology (the department also offers graduate courses, leading to a PsyD, or Doctor of Psychology in clinical psychology). Jennifer, always eager to move forward (and with the help of her advisor), got a jump-start on Psych Honors last semester, taking the first of two graduate level seminars in psychology.

Right now I just like learning about the different branches of Psychology. This summer I may be attending a Summer Science Institute program which should help me decide how much I like the research aspect of Psychology. But, for now, I'm just enjoying – learning.

As Jennifer Aaron continues to find her way to whatever specialty in psychology will become her life's work, whether in teaching, research or counseling, she has already set high goals for what comes after graduation.

I plan to attend graduate school, preferably at Johns Hopkins University and, eventually – my dream job? -- I'd like to teach at the college level.

Jennifer's Accomplishments

Academic Distinction/Awards

Dean’s List (all semesters)

Psi Chi (Psychology Honors Society)

Activities/Community Service

Habitat for Humanity, IUP chapter Secretary

Math tutor at the Learning Center