Featured Alumni

The Undergraduate Psychological Sciences Advising Office loves to highlight Psych alumni who are working in the various fields of Psychology.  See what our alumni are doing and how they got there!

 

This week's featured alumni is...

Alexandria Harviel

Alexandria graduated from UConn in 2018 with a double major in Psychological Sciences & Human Development and Family Studies

What are you doing now? Why did you choose to go into this field?

Right now I am currently a UConn Graduate student enrolled in the Neag School of Education’s Educational Psychology Program with a track in Counseling Education, and I will be graduating in Spring 2020. I always knew that I wanted to pursue a Master’s Degree and continue my education although, in what, I wasn’t sure. But, as I developed as a college student, and took on two majors, it became clear to me that I wanted to work and facilitate student’s growth, as well as social-emotional and academic needs in an educational setting. I happened to research into UConn’s Counseling Education Program and loved everything it stood for.

Uconn’s Counseling Education Program focuses on educating the next generation of culturally competent professional school counselors to research, design, and implement culturally relevant school counseling programs in K–12 schools. The program and the impressive faculty emphasize the necessary critical thinking and data usage skills to becoming advocates for educational equity; effective counselors and educational leaders that strive to eliminate cultural and systemic barriers. Entering into the Counseling Education program has definitely been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my educational career.

What was one of your favorite things about UConn?

One of my favorite things about UConn continues to be the academic and student climate. Every UConn student is passionate, striving for success and dedicated to education. Whether it’s studying in Homer Babbidge Library or relaxing on the quad with friends, UConn has become a second home.

What’s a piece of advice you would give to current students in our program?

A piece of advice for current students in the Psychology program would be to take classes that interest and challenge you! In fact, these classes just might be the ones that facilitate your insight on a future career path. This is a time for you to find your passion! Don’t be afraid to explore a variety of courses and clubs while building relationships with professors!