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Psych Club Offers Fun, Informative Networking to all Students

President Brittany Bradley has made new friends, gotten to know her professors and honed her leadership skills through the club.

Date: 3/1/2012
By: Tom Robinette
Phone: (513) 556-8577
Studying the mysteries of the mind could lead to a major case of munchie madness. Members of the Psych Club know the feeling.

The student-run organization meets every other week to give members opportunities to network with other undergrads, graduate students and Department of Psychology faculty. Varied program offerings range from panel discussions with professional members in the field of psychology to more fun events like Munchie Madness, a snack-fueled study session held at the end of each quarter.
Joshua Fischer and Brittany Bradley look over handouts during a recent Psych Club meeting.

Brittany Bradley, a second-year psychology major and president of the club, says it’s also a great way to make friends with other psychology students – or even those who aren’t psych majors. She says Psych Club can help explain how some psychology classes are compatible with a broad range of majors at the University of Cincinnati.

 “We want to show you everything you can do with psychology,” Bradley says. “It can almost go hand in hand with anything you study.”

Bradley wants to spread the message about the club’s open membership. She says club the club helped her make friends and feel a sense of belonging. Joshua Fischer, treasurer of the club and a senior psychology major, also thinks the club can help give students that personal connection to the university.

“The club helps students expand their friendship and professional networks in addition to learning new and interesting things,” Fischer says.

An added benefit to membership is getting to know your professors on a more personal level. Jeremiah Gault, vice president of the club and a junior psychology major, said the relationships he’s formed with his professors have encouraged him to ask questions that he otherwise might have been too intimidated to ask. Bradley said club members will also learn what their professors have accomplished professionally and academically as well as what they can offer students beyond classroom instruction, such as research opportunities.

Bradley got her first taste of experimental research this quarter, and her dedication to running Psych Club has translated well into work in the lab. Sarah Anderson, assistant professor of psychology and the club advisor, has seen it firsthand.

“She’s very hardworking,” Anderson says. “When she runs subjects for an experiment, she makes sure she’s doing things right, like the consenting process, and all of the detail-oriented things that a good research assistant needs to be doing.”

Running the club has been a unique learning experience for Bradley as well. She and her other officers – Fischer, Gault, Public Relations Manager Brian Eiler and Social Chairwoman Hannah Harrison – are responsible for arranging guest speakers, creating promotional materials, fundraising and developing a varied and interesting program schedule. She says it’s one of the most time-consuming but rewarding endeavors she’s ever undertaken.

“I can’t do this by myself. I have great officers that stand not behind me, but beside me,” Bradley says. “I couldn’t ask for anything better.”
Brittany Bradley, president of Psych Club, watches a presentation during a recent club meeting.

The organizational demands required of Bradley’s position allow her to develop and showcase her organizational and leadership skills. She admits to having difficulty in test-taking situations, and her efforts with the club give her other ways to prove her work ethic to her professors.

When she’s finished with her studies at UC, Bradley wants to attend graduate school but is considering taking a year off to travel first. Eventually she wants to get into relationship counseling and family dynamics. She graduated from Hughes Center High School in Cincinnati and wants to go back to her old neighborhood to provide therapy for those who are from broken homes or are struggling with addiction.

“I would like to go back and do a little reconstruction to where people would know therapy can be for anyone, and not just those who have been diagnosed with a disorder,” Bradley says. “If there is a problem in your home, we could talk about it and find out ways to fix it.”

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