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Mariah Golden Josh Kaplan Jenny Mendoza

Mariah GoldenMariah Golden

Class of 2008
Psychology
Updated: June 2010

Colorado College Activities and Experiences

While at CC, I worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Colorado College Children's Center, as a Resident Advisor, and as a Learning Assistant in the Psychology Department. I was also a member of the Honor Council and of the AppreCCiate Scholarship Committee.

Post-Graduate Experiences

After graduation, I spent one year working as the Paraprofessional in the Colorado College Psychology Department, helping with teaching, administrative, and experimental work. Beginning in the summer of 2010, I will be working at a large private foundation in Colorado , where I will have the opportunity to participate in two years of leadership training as well as program and project management. Eventually, I envision a career in the nonprofit sector working on issues related to youth development.

Favorite CC Course:

PY111 Introduction to Psychology: General Laws and Individual Differences (FYE)

Most Valuable CC Course:

PY451/452/453 Final Project

Advice to Current CC Students:

Value all of the resources that CC has to offer. The more you put into your education, the more you will get out of it.

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Josh KaplanJosh Kaplan

Class of 2008
Neuroscience
Updated: June 2010

Colorado College Activities and Experiences

I participated in Club Hockey (FR, SO, JR, SR), CCLIM (SO, JR, SR), ORC trainee (FR) and Leader (SO, JR), Intramural champion (for life)

Post-Graduate Experiences

I am a graduate student in the Behavioral Neuroscience program at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR. Recently, I have been investigating the influence of commonly abused drugs on ischemic damage (stroke model). Outside of the lab, I'm likely to be found running, hiking, or skiing. CC instilled in me a love for the outdoors that I haven't been able to shake.

Favorite CC Course:

Neuropharmacology (PY433). I don't think there was any other course that I was as disappointed when it ended.

Most Valuable CC Course:

Tough question, but I'm leaning towards Research Design (PY202). Understanding data analysis and proper research techniques is obviously critical for research success, but just as important, it will add to your confidence as a researcher. Just like for any skill or sport, confidence in your abilities is key to success. Admittedly, at the time, this was not my line of thinking.

Advice to Current CC Students:

Don't blindly accept information because it has been published.

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Jenny MendozaJenny Mendoza

Class of 2007
Psychology
Updated: August 2010

Colorado College Activities and Experiences

While at CC, I participated in the Bowed Piano Ensemble and played French horn in the Chamber Orchestra. I worked as a Teachers' Assistant at the CC Children's Center. I also served on the CC Children's Center Programming Committee, to help plan a new campus childcare center.

Post-Graduate Experiences

I recently completed a two-year fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health, where I worked as a research assistant in a lab studying pediatric bipolar disorder. In the fall of 2010, I will begin a doctoral program in Developmental Psychology at the University of Oregon. My research interests include language acquisition and the interface between language and music. In my free time, I like to camp, hike, run, and bike – I am looking forward to exploring the Oregon wilderness. I also hope to continue playing horn during graduate school.

Favorite CC Course:

I had a tough time choosing a favorite course, but I narrowed it down to Neuropharmacology (PY433) and Emotion (PY422). I especially enjoyed how each of these seminars connected and expanded upon knowledge from previous courses. These classes challenged me in different ways, further developing my abilities as a scientific thinker.

Most Valuable CC Course:

In my opinion, the most valuable course is the Final Project (PY451). It requires you to implement skills you have learned throughout your courses, provides you with the chance to work largely independently, and allows you to explore a topic of your own choice. It is a unique opportunity and a rewarding way to culminate your CC Psychology experience.

Advice to Current CC Students:

Take advantage of all the many opportunities CC offers. The more involved you are, academically and otherwise, the more you will enjoy your time at CC.

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