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Get psyched

Are you a psychology major trying to plan your educational route or an undecided major trying to figure out your next move?

The City College Psychology Club has a seat for you at their monthly meetings every first and third Friday of the month at 11 a. m. in Rodda North room 228.

Elena Morgan is the co-president of the psych club, as it’s called, and she says that it has been very valuable for gaining leadership experience and learning team-building skills.

“In the psychology club students can build close relationships with professors,” says Morgan. “It is a great place for sharing common interests.”

Currently, there are 18 registered members. People who join the club are usually psychology majors because the club opens a lot of opportunity to learn about how to transfer and get into graduate school.

Each month meeting also includes a round table discussion. The students decide on a topic and teachers offer guidance and academic insight on that subject.

September’s round table discussion will be on how the economy affects finances, and how that affects stress level and ability to function.

During a pre-semester retreat Jeff Nakata, co-president, who is friends with the advisers of the club, came up with the idea for September’s round table discussion.

Nakata is not a psychology major. He is a computer engineering major, and he says that he is grateful for his leadership role in the club because it gives him a chance to connect more with students and know what’s going on around campus.

Nakata says he started working when he was 13 years old in restaurants and various other jobs. He had

a high-salary job in the mortgage industry until the housing bubble burst. That is when Nakata began thinking about the psychological role of capitalism.

Nakata has big ideas with regard to the democratization of information. He says he would like to get

City College on iTunes U, a section of the iTunes Store where users can download educational content from different schools such as Stanford, Berkeley and other prestigious universities. Robert Paul became a member of the club last fall.

Paul says he would like to see more people join the group, and he is playing with ideas on how to involve new members without overwhelming them.

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During Morgan’s presidency of the club in spring 2011, Paul and other club members conducted a survey of 300 students to see what their educational and career goals were. Those surveys are now being used to create activities that will cater to students’ interests and goals.

This semester they are planning a career panel on campus. The plan includes professionals that are working in the field who will share with students the potential job opportunities for psychologists. Paul says he is looking forward to the career panel, where students can get a real glimpse at what is possible for them.

For psychology majors, and non-psychology majors like Nakata, the club also offers a chance to get to know the professors in the psychology department.

As students, Morgan and Paul agree that when times get stressful it can be comforting to have close relationships with the faculty.

Paul says that he sees some of his professors as pinnacles of maturity with good communication skills and forming bonds with them is helping him develop into a respectable adult.

Alan Keys, psychology department chairman, says this has been a strong year for the psychology club.

He says, “Students can learn things that apply to everyday life.”

Crystal Sims, another member of the club, is trying to help City College students get more involved at Sacramento State University. Sims is planning a collaborative effort between the psych club on campus and the psychology club at Sacramento State.

“Often students return from CSUS to SCC to do research projects, but this collaboration would possibly allow SCC students to get involved on projects at CSUS,” Sims says.

Sims also wants City College students to feel comfortable after they transfer.

“Another advantage is the connections made with [CSUS] that transferring students would already have thereby facilitating s more successful transition,” Sims says.

City College club advisers are professors James Arack, Patty Blomberg, Hossein Moftakhar and Sylvia Spencer.

To be a part of club, check out its Facebook page, or attend an upcoming meeting. Students can sign onto an email list without registering in the club as well.

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