Before arriving at Guilford, Josie already had two internships under her belt.
One was at Skyland Trail, a residential treatment facility in Atlanta for adults with a wide range of diagnoses. There she interned in the recreational therapy department. Her other internship was a day camp for children ages 5 to 15 who have autism. “That was excellent, too,” Josie says. “It’s honestly part of the reason I’m not sure whether I want to do pediatric psychology or adult psychology.”
Her next internship will come as one of Guilford’s Principled Problem Solving Scholars. Participation in the program comes with a stipend and a summer internship.
Acting is another way Josie has come to understand people and the human mind. She recently performed in a brand-new production called Coming Back to Me by writer and director Amy Da Luz, an Adjunct Professor in the Theatre Studies Department at Guilford. “The script was changing and evolving as we were in it. The work we were doing as the actors shaped the way these characters will be in perpetuity. It was very fun,” she says, noting that she may add Theatre Studies as a minor or major.
Because she would like to practice clinical psychology, Josie plans to continue her studies in graduate school and pursue a doctorate. She notes that Guided Discovery, Guilford’s integrated-advising department, has been a big help in choosing the right courses for the academic and career goals she has in mind.
Josie also has advice for new Psychology students coming in this fall. “Don’t be afraid to study broadly because there are a wide variety of applications for Psychology that you can pursue. Having a wide knowledge base is not going to make it harder for you. If anything, it’s going to make you a better resource!”
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