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Organizational SpoTlight: The Psychology Experience

By Daniel Smith
On September 30, 2017

The Psychology Club offers an in-depth experience pertaining to the field. 
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Students on campus who have a great interest in the subject of psychology can now join the Psychology Club offered at Concord University to further their knowledge on the subject.

    The Psychology Club offers many exclusive educational experiences pertaining to the field. The goal is to focus on giving the members a better look into the field of psychology, along with being able to enjoy fun events.

    The club is supposed to give members more than discussions about psychology, but also show the members what professionals do in the field. To achieve this goal, the Psychology Club does fundraising, along with attending research events. The idea is for the members to learn beyond the undergraduate level.

    As flyers advertise around campus, they mention building resumes as a perk to being in the club. Concord Junior Aaron Mattox, President of the Psychology Club, thinks the club is a way of showing graduate schools that a student went out of his or her way to get more involved with the psychology field in whatever way possible.

    Graduate schools favor students who participate in extracurricular activities outside of the classroom. “It gives students the chance to develop the history and gives them the chance to say, ‘I did things at an undergraduate level, and I will do things outside of class at a graduate level,’” adds Dr. Nina Slota, Assistant Professor of Psychology. “Psychology teaches and touches everybody’s life whether you’re a psychology major or not,” says Dr. Slota.

    The Psychology Club can offer ways for people to understand life better as well. “Psychology is such useful life information,” says Dr. Slota. Mattox also believes that understanding why people do certain things or why something has happened has helped him cooperate with people.

    A schedule of events, movies and trips will discussed in upcoming meetings

    Mattox hopes as president that the members receive more education about the field of psychology. He hopes to see members gain a better knowledge and understanding of how psychologists work.

    Since research is essential in psychology, Mattox wants to emphasize this in the club. “I would like for people in the club to understand a little more of what they have to deal with,” says Mattox. A goal for the Psychology Club is for the members to relax and have fun while having an educational experience that furthers their understanding of the field of psychology. Mattox sees the topics to be covered in the Psychology Club as interesting subjects for students to engage with and not something that should be “crammed down their throat[s].”

    The Psychology club held its first meeting Thursday, September 22, in Room 109 in Marsh Hall. Everyone who attended the meeting signed in, enjoyed snacks and drinks, and discussed ideas for the club.

    Dr. Slota helps out in any way she can, including making sure the club continues in an organized way and that the members stay engaged and happy. The co-advisor for the Psychology Club is Dr. Karen Griffee, Professor of Psychology.

    For those students interested in expanding their understanding of the field of psychology, they can contact Dr. Nina Slota at nslota@concord.edu. Any student, major or non-majors, are welcome.

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