1. What are you doing now?
I am a current graduate student at DePaul University in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). I plan on earning my Master’s and eventually working in the field of usability testing with a specialty in disabilities. We are currently developing a Google maps addon that identifies local wheelchair accessible platforms for the public transportation system and will eventually modify the trip planner to include a disabled button so that users can plan a trip if wheelchair bound.
I am also currently employed as a QA analyst for a software company. My primary focus is making sure that websites match business rules and editing code where appropriate.
I plan on moving to the usability design department next year. This department is in charge of designing/testing all new sites and web applications.
2. How did UTM Psychology Program help you achieve what you have become?
I would not be where I am today without all of the help from the professors at UTM. They helped me push myself when I didn’t want to get out of bed and countless hours of help when I needed it most. Not to mention, a laugh or two. Both the Psychology Club and Psi Chi gave me the opportunity to meet new people in both my program and in my potential field. Without both of these groups, I would probably still be sitting in the psychology lab wondering what to do with my life.
The most memorable times at UTM would have to be the research. Only with going out on my own was I able to recognize what I wanted to do after college. Dr. MacKewn helped me more than I could ever imagine and thanks to her, I’m doing what I never thought possible. I’m changing the world for the better.
3. What advice would you give to students who are thinking about becoming UTM psychology majors?
Do your research. Look at everything that is available before making a choice of what you want to do. Also, talk to alumni and professors, we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about out past, present, or your future.