Share Your Story

Whats Your Story?

Undergraduate psychology students would like to know how you use your Psychology major in your current field/job/career. Here's an opportunity to share your story with current undergraduate students.

Please use the following question template to share your story.

While you were at the University of Illinois:

  • How/why did you choose Psychology as a major?
  • What specific skills did you develop by taking Psychology courses?
  • Outside the classroom, what opportunities/experiences were most beneficial?
  • Did you believe that you “had to” obtain more schooling after your bachelor’s degree?
  • In retrospect, what would you have done differently as an undergraduate?

After graduating from Illinois:

  • If your bachelor’s degree was the highest degree you earned, describe the first job(s) you held.
  • If you continued more schooling after your bachelor’s degree, share your reasons.
  • Describe how you utilize your undergraduate Psychology skills in your current job/career.
  • What pearls of wisdom can you offer to current undergraduate students?

 

Feel free to cut/paste your responses and e-mail them (along with a picture if you like) to Cheryl Berger, Assistant Head for Alumni Relations - cberger@illinois.edu.

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