Undergraduate Studies ePortfolio Charli A. Mader BA of Psychology, 2011 1
Personal Statement As I stood at center court, watching as my teammate shot two double-bonus free throws; I turned to my other teammateand smiled. “Are we going to win this game,” she asked. “Are we seriously going to win state?” I could only bear a cheesygrin and reply, “I think we just might.” Thirty seconds later the buzzer rang; I was now a co-captain of the new high schoolGirls’ Basketball State Championship team. I had been working towards this moment since I was in fourth grade; going to basketball camps every summer, playingon a traveling team that was somewhere new every weekend, and sacrificing time with friends and family so I could perfectmy skills in the gym. My work ethic was intense and precise because I had a goal in mind; I was not graduating high schoolwithout a State Championship under my belt. I was passionate about the sport and about this want, this need to succeed;this unnerving desire to be great. The sacrifices made by my parents also helped me in achieving my goal. My parents foot the bill on many occasions tosign me up for camps, transport me to and from tournaments, and staying with me in hotel after motel. I have threesiblings, and my parents nurtured their objectives just as they did mine, and in witnessing their will to allow us to succeedand the support they gave each one of us helped me develop into a mature adult, and gave me the vital push to fightthrough the battles of distress and defeat. Even though I had much success in basketball, there were also moments of doubt and of downfalls. I battled throughinjuries, such as a torn groan and a severally sprained ankle, but persevered in order to accomplish what I had beenworking so hard for. I now apply that same determination to fight through the pitfalls of both school and my career path. My transcript reflects who I am as a student, specifically showing my persistence for success through past pain anddoubt. As you will note, I do have a couple of “F” letter grades in some of my courses. Because of extenuatingcircumstances in my summer semester, I needed to withdraw from these courses, but by the time I realized that I neededto drop them it was too late to receive a “W,” so I took the “F.” Upon further review of my transcript, however, it shows that Icompleted each one of these classes and received a sufficient and more appropriate grade. I worked hard to obtain thesegrades in order to continue with my intended career path, even though there was a small bump in the road. Eventually, after all of the trials and tribulations of the basketball season and after the championship game, the glitzand glam of being a State Champion wore off, but the lessons learned will always remain. I am not willing to suggest thatwinning this game and achieving this dream are my shining moments in life, because those objectives and potentialmemories are yet to come. I am excited to see where life will take me, and, like in my senior year as a high schoolbasketball co-captain, what new dreams and goals I can apply my hard working and persistent attitude towards. My intentions upon graduation are to enter graduate school to pursue my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.Eventually I would like to enter into the exciting and ever-evolving field of Prison Counseling. There is a higher need in thisfield, and I believe that everyone, criminal or other, deserves the help they need.
ResumeCharli Mader1368 High Site Drive Eagan, MN 55121(406) firstname.lastname@example.orgEducation Bachelor of Arts in Psychology August, 2007 – December, 2011 Argosy University, Eagan, Minnesota Associate of Arts August, 2008 – May, 2009 Miles Community College, Miles City, Montana Associate of Science August, 2008 – May, 2009 Miles Community College, Miles City, MontanaSpecialty Courses Psychology and the Criminal Justice System Abnormal Psychology Juvenile Delinquency Criminal Justice System Child and Adolescent PsychologyExperience Chilis Bar and Grille, Eagan, Minnesota February, 2011 – Present Hostess and Server Meet and greet customers Provide excellent customer service Kohls Department Store, Eagan, Minnesota November 2010 – September 2011 Customer Service Representative Handled customer complaints and issues Operated cash register Cost Plus World Market, Billings, Montana September 2009 – October 2010 Customer Service Representative Provided all-around customer service Handled customer complaints and concerns City of Miles City, Miles City, Montana June 2009 – August 2009 Head Lifeguard and Swimming Instructor In charge of scheduling guards and swimming lessons Dealt with personnel problems and issues
Reflection I have only attended Argosy University for the past two semesters, but I havethoroughly enjoyed my time here. I have a very good understanding of the field ofpsychology, and although it is basic, will be able to apply this knowledge to better mycareer, life, and hopefully the field itself. I have excelled in the following categories of psychology: cognitive abilities,communication skills, ethics and diversity awareness, interpersonal effectiveness,knowledge of applied psychology, knowledge of foundations of the field, and researchskills. According to my SSAL self-report, I am now able to formulate reasoned opinionson a wide range of psychological perspectives and theories within written and oralpresentations. I am also able to analyze and appraise the complexities of a given issue. When discussing cognitive abilities, I feel that I am able to collect and arrangeinformation forma a variety of sources, as well as apply the information I discover. Whileresearching, I have the understanding to summarize research found in the articles I amsearching through. My communication skills have also improved. I can now present myfindings professionally, and accurately apply information towards daily life. I feel that I have a good grasp on the ethics of this field as well. Psychology is facedwith ethical dilemmas constantly, so by understanding the codes I would be following, Iwill be better equipped to enter the field. Finally, my knowledge of applied psychologyand foundations of the psychological field have greatly improved, and I will forever begrateful of my educational experience.
Table of ContentsCognitive Abilities: Critical Thinking and Information LiteracyResearch SkillsCommunication Skills: Oral and WrittenEthics and Diversity AwarenessFoundations of PsychologyApplied PsychologyInterpersonal Effectiveness
Critical ThinkingHere are links to each category, uploaded onto my LinkedIn Profile. Simply right click on each link, and scroll down to Open Hyperlink to access.COGNITIVE ABILITES:https://www.box.net/shared/ahatfcyte881h520sh5uRESEARCH SKILLS:https://www.box.net/shared/dr5yubofzdv5c5f1x9qgCOMMUNICATION SKILLS:https://www.box.net/shared/ay20ft6rblxjti7jgyn7ETHICS & DIVERSITY AWARENESS:https://www.box.net/shared/mnupgt0tj9r45pakd572FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY:https://www.box.net/shared/e9javeu44r2jzvdkbrfiAPPLIED PSYCHOLOGY:https://www.box.net/shared/dr23fqe1ifk1crsvgle5INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS:https://www.box.net/shared/mfhidkuflafonikdh64d
My Future in Learning The ability to learn is an intrinsic part of our lives, and is a skill that does notsimply fade away. We continue to learn throughout our lives, from what to do andwhat not to do, where to go to satisfy our basic needs, what we are to eat, and whatkind of career or life we want. Throughout my college career, I have often speculated about a few queries.First, when is this going to be over? Second, what am I going to do with mydegree? Third, am I going to get a job in my intended field? And finally, what am Igoing to be when I am finally all grown up? Now I am nearing the end of myBachelor’s degree in Psychology, I can gladly and honestly say that I haveanswered, without a doubt, at least one of those questions. I am happy to reportthat this degree will be over this week, shortly after these last few assignments arecompleted. Although one of my questions is indubitably answered, the rest of my inquirieshave been on my mind recently. I thought I would be stressed because of theunknown; what I am going to do, who I am going to be, where I am going to end up,but as I began to take a serious look into my past educational experience, Idetermined that knowing the absolute answers would not be ideal. Life, andknowledge gained, is all about the experiences we have. My experiences during mypursuit of this degree have made me the person that I am, and my ability to continueto learn during the next phase of my life, and throughout graduate school, will moldinto the person I was meant to be.
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