Victoria Correia is currently a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island who is double majoring in Psychology (B.A.) and Sociology (B.S.). Victoria has also broadened her interests and plans to minor in the field of Gender and Women’s studies.
While only a sophomore, Victoria has been greatly involved on campus throughout her first and second year at URI. During her first year, Victoria was a member of the Student Entertainment Committee, Nutrition Club, Psychology Club, and the Weldin Hall Council. Within the Psychology Club Victoria has been able to explore the many different options that are available within the field of psychology. This exploration is what initiated her interest in sociology and led to her decision to add sociology as a second major. Through her experiences with the Weldin Hall Council, Victoria was able to establish a sense of community within the hall as well as, network with other psychology students. In her second year, Victoria continued her involvement through participating as an open house volunteer as well as volunteering as a URI 101 Mentor. As a URI 101 Mentor, Victoria was able to work with first-year students in their transition to college through facilitating ice breakers, explaining the many resources and organizations on campus, and also by serving as a role-model for her students.
Outside of school, Victoria is involved in her community with her volunteer work for Special Olympics and local daycares. Through this volunteer work, Victoria has been able to apply her Developmental Psychology coursework in observing how children’s psychological development effects the decisions that they make.
Victoria’s interests in psychology stemmed from a psychology class she took in high school where she became fascinated with the way in which the brain works, specifically with the decision making process. Throughout the many psychology courses that she has taken so far at URI, Victoria has been able to apply theories and ideas to her decision making strategies in her life. She has also learned that psychology entails a great deal of multiculturalism, which in turn has taught her the importance of cultural differences between people.
Victoria is currently in the process of applying to internships and research opportunities in both psychology and sociology to further her experiences within the field.
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