My Experience as a Psychology Major: Halfway Through

Psychology student sits on lawn in front of GCU dorms

While I am not entirely done with my degree in psychology, I am halfway there. Heading into my junior year here at Grand Canyon University, I decided to reflect on the time and experiences I have had so far in the psychology program and the Honors College.

When I began my journey at GCU, I came straight out of high school. I originally was going to study a different subject, but I later found a calling to pursue psychology. Being a part of the GCU community, I have cherished so many aspects ranging from the classroom to the professors to being in the Honors College.

Classroom Experience

My first psychology class is one that I will never forget. It was General Psychology, and it truly opened up my eyes to all that psychology has to offer. I absolutely loved going to that class, and I was excited to learn something new every day. From that class on, I was nothing but thrilled to start a new class. I have taken classes such as Personality Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, and Child and Adolescent Psychology. All have been amazing experiences thanks to the professors I have had along the way.

That leads me to the faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. They have been nothing but incredible and have had a positive impact on both my schooling and my life. All of my professors are trained professionals that are experts in their field. This has proven to be an invaluable piece of my learning process here at GCU, as they teach from real-world experience and personal lessons they want to pass on to us as students. I am able to go to them when I need help both in the classroom and in my own life.

Honors College

When I was accepted to GCU, I was later accepted into the Honors College. I was not entirely sure what this meant, but looking back, I am so happy that I was able to be a part of this. Being in the Honors College gives me one class a year, typically in the fall, that is the same as other classes but at the honors level. This gives the class a little more edge and makes it more challenging.

Along with the honors classes, every spring semester is the Honors Symposium, which has a different focus every year: ethics, service, leadership, and research. These symposia have been challenging, but they have helped me grow academically as a student and strengthened my character as a person.

Looking forward, I am excited to see what my next two years as a student here at GCU will bring!

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