Meet YCCC’s February Behavioral Health Studies Student of the Month

posted in Behavioral Health Studies on February 14th, 2017

Congratulations to Liz Hansen, our February BHS Student of the Month!  Liz talked with us about both her experiences here at YCCC and her plans for the future.

What drew you to the BHS major? I started out as an Education major, but realized that the BHS major was more in tune with what I want to do as a career. I’ve always been interested in psychology, and improving my understanding of how the brain works. I also had some personal life experiences that helped to shape my passion of psychology, and what I want to do with the degree.

What are your plans for after graduationI was recently accepted at UNE. I plan to go there in the Fall 2017 semester, to continue my education in psychology. I intend to major in psychology and minor in neuroscience, and after I will probably continue onto grad-school.

What were your favorite courses/experiences at YCCC? I’ve loved all my classes, and have been able to learn so much from the instructors here at YCCC. A few that have stood out to me are: Abnormal Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Lifespan, Ethics and Contemporary Society, Western Civilization, Death and Dying, and Intro to Exceptionality.  I’ve also really enjoyed all the differing perspectives that have been introduced to me by my classmates during class discussions. My favorite experience has been tutoring/peer mentoring for Trio, which has allowed me to meet so many of the wonderful students and faculty at YCCC.

You took classes in multiple formats, face to face, hybrid and  online, what are some of the benefits and challenges of each format? Face-to-face has benefits for students that learn in class, and need discussion to help absorb the information. Hybrid is great for having the “best of both worlds,” because you get the in-class discussion and education but you also have time to do a lot of the work online. Online classes are great, and I was unsure of how I was going to like them. However, last semester I took three online classes and was pleasantly surprised. I was worried that it would be difficult for me to master the material without being face-to-face with an instructor, but it turned out to be great.

Tell us about your internship (where your interning, what your doing, decision to do the advanced internship, etc) I have been interning at Krempels Center, a non-profit organization for individuals that have had a traumatic brain injury. Interns design the groups that focus on differing areas that the members would like to improve on, such as: gross motor skills, fine motor skills, cognition, memory, mental health, social cues, aphasia, etc. It has been the most amazing experience, and I have met some of the most wonderful, compassionate, and profound people.  My decision to do the advanced internship was because of the community at Krempels Center, as well as the amount I have been able to learn just from my one semester there. I’ve gained so much intellectually and emotionally by doing this internship, it has been a truly amazing experience. Having this opportunity has also helped to cement the fact that I would also like to have an academic background in neuroscience.

Do you have any advice for students just starting out? Make sure that you love what you’re learning. There are so many different opportunities with the BHS degree, and it is an amazing program to part of.  Also, take the time to learn all the information, study, and use the resources given to you.