My Master 's A Psychology Career Essay
1. What kind of career in psychology would you like to follow, and in what setting?
I hope to pursue a psychology career that integrates both research and clinical practice. This would ideally take place within an academic health center. My master 's in counseling psychology practicum involved working with freshman and sophomore college students combatting substance abuse. During that time I was able to see just how integral and formative the transition to college is for young adults. While my role was to address drug and alcohol use, many of the conversations quickly turned to underlying issues involving relationships, anxiety and even trauma. I really enjoyed serving that population as well as working within the university environment as a whole. For me, it is important to work in a setting that I can serve individuals through counseling but also participate in research that will keep me a strong practitioner and contributes to the scientific community as a whole.
2. How did you first become interested in psychology, and why did you decide to make it your career?
I first learned about psychology when I was 12 years old. It was completely by accident, but I remember it perfectly. I had gone to the public library on a rainy afternoon to work on a science project. I sat down at a large, wooden communal table to start taking notes only to see a tempting book a few feet away. The words, “Subliminal Advertising”, popped in…