Every December and April, as a semester comes to a close, I look back and wonder how the last four months went by so fast. For me, the end of this semester is always hard as it signifies the end of another five classes and the change that comes with moving into the next step of life. This semester’s end is especially big for me as it also marks the end of my undergraduate degree. This April I am looking back wondering not only how the last four months whizzed by so fast, but where the last four years have gone.
Looking back it is amazing to see how much I have grown throughout my time at the University of Lethbridge. I have met some wonderful people, been in some great classes, and found my passion. I want to thank Jesse for being an important part of that. His classes have helped my fuel my love for Psychology, and delve into concepts that interest ME and what I want to do. Jesse has inspired me to treat my education as a time to find out what I love and learn in a way that can be inspiring to others.
In January 2016 I started my first class with Jesse and, like most, was overwhelmed by the format of the class and the idea of creating my own blog. With time I found that blogging was a wonderful way for me to explore my own interests in Psychology and improve my writing abilities. I started posting my blogs on Facebook and, once the class was over, had a huge number of people tell me they missed reading my blogs. I actually loved blogging so much that, with the encouragement of my readers, I continued my posts for a while after the class was finished. I found it a great way to continue exploring my passions on my own time, and also keep my friends and family up to date on what I was doing with my life. The freedom of writing my own blogs allowed my to get a little more personal and after writing a blog on my journey with mental health I got feedback from so many people on how it had affected them and how much they appreciated my writing. I think this was a pivotal moment for me because it was one of the first times that I really saw how my love for psychology could actually relate to me having an impact on another person’s life.
When I saw that Jesse was teaching a class on social cognition Spring 2017 I registered in it right away. Having the inspiration of classmate’s blogs and talks was something I had really missed and really desired to have again. This semester, as I began blogging weekly again, I had so many people tell me they were excited to read them each week and hear more of what I had to say.
Social Cognition and Psych in Education brought out my passion for psychology. Blogging became something beyond an assignment, it has become a life project for me that I want to continue to explore and improve upon. My blog is an outlet. This is where I can take everything I have in my head and put it out to the world. This has been so influential in helping me grow, and helping me realize that people want to hear what I have to say. It gives me confidence that I can go on to help people in a future career, whether that be in support services, human resources, counseling, or teaching.
I want to thank Jesse for starting me off on this journey and giving me something I can take with me into my future even as I leave my university experience behind. It truly has been an irreplaceable experience.