Cultural Experience | Colorado

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MAJOR

 Psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder.

I’m Jocelyn and I am a senior studying psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder. I enrolled open option as a freshman, because like many I had many ideas of what I wanted my future career to be, but did not want to commit to a major yet. I finally decided to declare Psychology as my major, and I’m glad I did because I love it! The information I learn in my classes is fascinating to me. I have learned about Personality Disorders, development of attachments, and genetic causes of different disorders. The interesting content of my classes makes me want to go to class because I want to learn, which makes me be an engaged student in class. The material we cover is not only applicable to diagnosing obscure mental disorders; it also applies to daily life. Psychology is the study of the mind and is a useful foundation of knowledge for any line of work that involves interacting with people. Learning about people’s personality traits, motivations, and other insights to the inner-workings of the mind helps me interact with others and even analyze my own behavior in my own life. Every class I leave with some new bit of information that makes me reconsider my previous notions, or is so noteworthy I want to share it with others. I am very curious about criminal psychology and the prison system in America. I met with my advisor to discuss my future with psychology and criminology, and she helped me to get an internship. I now am an assistant for the District Attorney’s Office in arraignments, and help the District Attorney’s with the paperwork for plea agreements. I absolutely love my internship! Each week I learn a new facet of the law and hear outrageous stories of crime. This experience has reassured me that I want to work in the criminal justice field. I love my major and the experiences I have gained from classes, labs, and my internships. I hope that everyone finds a major they feel as passionate about, so try new classes that interest you, talk to your advisor, and find opportunities to get hands on experience to get the most out of your major and future career!

Jocelyn Rosenthal

University of Colorado at Boulder | 9 stories

I am originally from New Jersey, but traded my bathing suit and road rage for skiing and hikes with my dog Rufus in the Rocky Mountains. I love running, arts & crafts and visiting wacky roadside attractions.


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