When I began my studies at the University of Northern Iowa, I had an interest in the field of psychology, but I was not yet sure that I wanted to pursue a career in that area. The classes that I consequently took and the professors that taught them solidified my desire to receive a degree in psychology.
Interacting with my professors as a teacher’s assistant and research assistant gave me a chance to discover at a more personal level what psychology is all about. Although I am seeking a M.A.
in General Psychology at this time, I do have specific goals for my future. I hope to continue my education past the M.A. and receive a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, counseling individuals and eventually acquiring a teaching position with a college or university.
I am currently doing research in the area of Cognitive Psychology with Dr. Jack Yates, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, University of Northern Iowa. This research is related to how people conceptualize concrete and abstract terms, but my research interests vary widely. Other research interests include gender differences in the workplace and how socialization affects stereotypic gender roles among the sexes.
I have qualified for the dean’s list three of the last four semesters, currently carry a 3.59 junior/senior GPA and a 3.
75 GPA in my major. I also have been accepted into Psi Chi and belong to the Psychology Club on campus.
I expect that graduate work at the University of Somewhere will be demanding, challenging, and exciting, and I look forward to attending a program of this sort. During my time in graduate school I expect to receive the opportunity to learn, grow, and evolve as a person and a psychologist. I consider the M.A.
in General Psychology from Your University an important stepping stone in achieving my goal of attaining a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. I am prepared and look forward to investing myself, my time, and my energy toward earning that degree. I hope I will be allowed to do so at Your University.