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A Job History Part 1 2021-01-01 20:16:34

In 1999, I graduated from the University of Toledo in Ohio with a double major in Applied Mathematics and Psychology. When some people hear that they say, "That's an odd combination. Math and psychology?" My stock response is, "Have you seen the girls in the math classes?"

The truth is that I declared my math major from the beginning. During my junior and senior years, I was still taking two or three high-level math classes each semester just to meet the degree requirements. I enjoyed the introductory psychology classes and decided to add a psych major at the beginning of junior year. Somehow, there was no problem completing all the psych courses for the major.

Prior to graduation, I had already decided to join a program called Teach for America. Teach for America is a program that recruits college graduates of all majors to teach in "under-resourced" locations throughout the United States. The program did not require one to have an education degree. In fact, I think they preferred people who were subject matter experts who could learn the rudiments of teaching in relatively short order. 

After I graduated in May of 1999, I returned to my high school to complete some pre-work in the form of teacher observations. In June, I packed up my 1984 Toyota Celica GTS (iMac carefully protected in the original box and secured in the passenger seat) and drove from Indiana to Houston, Texas to attend a five-week intensive training program called the "Institute." Little did I know I was about to experience the most intensive training program of my life.

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I majored in Psychology and graduated 15 years after you. By then the girls in math were quite attractive. Times change fast. 

I declared my psych major at my orientation because my helper told me that it was important to declare a major early. I was too naive to question it and just went with it especially since they said you can always change it later.

I ended up graduating with it. I also thought about doing Teach for America, but didn't do it because I had a personal reason to remain in my college town post graduation.
2021-01-02 16:55:37
I know it's not a "PC" joke, but it makes me chuckle. The problem with psychology as an area of study is that so much new information has been discovered in the intervening years. On a regular basis, I read about studies that debunk some long-held theory about the mind or behavior. I ask, where is the warranty on all that knowledge I received in those four years? Where's the update that revises my database with all the new findings so that I'm not operating with outdated models?
2021-01-02 17:01:37
This is exactly why I believe the usefulness of a psych degree lies not in the knowledge but the methodology it teaches. --> How to design your studies. How to interpret your data. How to interpret others studies'. 

However, I believe not all psych programs to take this approach to their psychology program. 
2021-01-02 17:04:28