Ormond Beach, FL
May 2016 (expected):
M.A., University of Central Florida
Applied Learning & Instruction
B.S., University of Central Florida
3.60 GPA, cumulative
4.0 GPA, in major
A.A., Daytona State College
Phi Theta Kappa graduate with honors
- President’s Honor Roll: University of Central Florida: Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, and Spring 2014
- 2011 (spring) – Dana Rodman Tiffany Scholarship recipient
- President’s List: Daytona State College: Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2010
- 2007 – 2014 – Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholars (FAS) recipient
- 2007 – 2008 – James Fentress Scholarship recipient (two semesters)
TENTATIVE RESEARCH INTERESTS
- Value and impact of technology in postsecondary education
- Impact of test scores on students’ levels of motivation
- Maladaptive emotions and beliefs
- Personal development and self-actualization
- 2014 – Began privately tutoring for the GRE; renewed focus on tutoring basic math and English language skills including copy-editing and conceptualization.
- 2013 – 2014 – Member of the University of Central Florida Psychology Club, Daytona Beach campus.
- 2011 (spring semester) – Peer Tutor at the Daytona State College Academic Support Center for remedial to college-level math and survey of biology.
- 2009 (fall semester) – Supplemental Instruction Leader for Survey of Biology (BSC 1005) at Daytona State College: created review materials, conducted review sessions, and created a website: http://daytonastate.org/biology.
- 2009 (fall semester) – Features Editor for the Daytona State College “DSC in Motion” monthly student newspaper: wrote the green column and several other pieces, edited other students’ writing, and did photography for the front page and two-page spread.
ESSAYS & PRESENTATIONS
- 2014 March 27: Wrote an essay titled “Changes in brain structure and emotional arousal in studies of subjects with amygdala damage” for PSB 4240C: Neuropsychology, reviewing two studies of bilateral amygdala damage and one study of unilateral amygdala resections. These studies found that powerful emotions are still possible without amygdalae, contrary to previous studies, and may set the tone for further research.
- 2013 November 17: Wrote an essay about gender inequality and Islam for SOP 3723: Cross-Cultural Psychology, concluding that the Qur’an is progressive and supportive of women’s rights, but has been misapplied, misinterpreted, and misunderstood.
- 2013 October 10: Gave a presentation in SOP 3723: Cross-Cultural Psychology regarding an article from the Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies about communication difficulties between foreign inmates and prison staff in a Norwegian prison. Discussed implications and suggested more interpreters are needed in prisons.
- 2013 April 21: Collaborated with three other students to create a presentation for SOP 3742: Psychology of Women where we discussed how women and girls are disproportionately impacted by poverty in developing countries. We concluded that such women face challenges unique to their gender, such as forced prostitution, sociocultural discrimination, and denial of access to education.
- 2012 December 2: Created a presentation for DEP 2004C: Developmental Psychology where I and two other students each interviewed three people in young, middle, and old age, for a total of nine interviews with nine different people. We then summarized, analyzed, and compared their appearances, outlooks, and plans for the future. We concluded that life satisfaction was lower in young females, females were more receptive to being interviewed, and older women demonstrated more generativity.
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Typing speed: 100 WPM
- Experience with writing PHP, HTML, and web development
- Professional photographer
- Superior organizational and computer skills
- Experienced tutor for many college-level classes
- Strong writing and verbal aptitude
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