1. What kind of students are Dartmouth looking for? I think you could see from yourself and your classmates. Are there any peculiarities you guys all have?
Dartmouth is looking for students who dare to be different, students who are not afraid to be quirky or a little strange. Dartmouth also wants students who have a passion for learning and who want to contribute to society. At Dartmouth, you can see students walking around campus in chicken costumes or encounter blue-haired volunteers asking for donations to purify the water in distant villages. When I was a student there, I was not afraid to walk around in the most colorful and brightest pants I could find. Dartmouth is a bright and vibrant community that wants to embrace bold uniqueness.
2. What impressed you most when studying at Dartmouth? Or in what way you changed during your time in Dartmouth?
The nature of New Hampshire was something that I unexpectedly grew to love. I have lived most of my life in cities and I didn’t think I could ever fall in love with nature. Attending Dartmouth has taught me to appreciate the serenity and beauty of rivers, forests, and bright stars on a clear night. During the summer, students could always go down to the river to swim or canoe. I often went hiking in the nearby mountains with friends during weekends. During winters, students would enjoy snowball fights, go sledding, and build snowmen. Dartmouth made nature an integral part of my college experience.
3. What makes Dartmouth different from the other Ivy League schools?
I would say Dartmouth’s academic system is one aspect that makes it very different from other Ivy League institutions. Dartmouth offers a special academic system called the D-Plan that allows students to customize their study schedule each year. Dartmouth’s school year is comprised of four ten-week terms for each season (i.e. fall, winter, spring, and summer) and Dartmouth gives students the freedom to choose how they want to use each term. You can stay on campus to study instead of returning home for the summer. You can study in the UK or South Korea for a term. You can also use a term to leave campus for an internship to gain work experience. You can even leave campus in the winter if you hate the cold!
4. What are the career opportunities for Psychology graduates in the US?
Since psychology majors tend to have a good understanding of people and emotions, they are able to find jobs in any industry that requires a lot of interpersonal interaction or strong communication skills. One popular area for psychology students is human resources, helping to recruit valuable talent to a company or to solve social issues within an office. A psychology student can even use their people skills and creativity in the field of marketing to persuade consumers to buy a product or conduct research to find out what consumers like. A psychology major can also work as an academic researcher at a university to uncover mysteries of the human mind. The job opportunities for psychology majors are growing as different industries realize the importance of understanding people.
5. What if psychology graduates want to study more in graduate school? Normally what majors are very recommended?
Many psychology undergraduates go to graduate school to focus on a specific field of psychology. A few examples of popular psychology graduate programs include clinical psychology, education, social psychology, and cognitive psychology.
Clinical psychology is the study of mental illness and how to treat patients with mental disorders. A graduate program in education will focus on how the human brain learns and how to employ different teaching techniques. A student of social psychology will study how human beings interact with each other in groups and society, while a cognitive psychologist studies mental processes like memory, perception, and the use of language, creativity, and problem solving.