Undergraduate Studies ePortfolio Elizabeth Commons Psychology, 2011
Personal Statement <ul><li>Where it began </li></ul><ul><li>My future plans as far as education goes </li></ul><ul><li>Other goals </li></ul>
Resume <ul><li>103 ½ East Main Street, New Paris, OH 45347 (937)423-3076 [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Elizabeth Ann Commons </li></ul><ul><li>Objective </li></ul><ul><li>I would like to find employment through an establishment working in the field of Psychology. I would really like to help those going through drug rehab to better themselves. This field really hits home for me and I would love to make a difference in someone’s life. </li></ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul><ul><li>June 2008-Present Taco Bell Eaton, OH </li></ul><ul><li>Shift Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Directing and coaching the team to successfully serve guests in a timely manner. </li></ul><ul><li>Manage inventory and cash in order for the store to run successfully. </li></ul><ul><li>Paperwork. </li></ul><ul><li>December 2006-May 2008 Pizza Hut Eaton, OH </li></ul><ul><li>Shift Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Directing and coaching the team to successfully serve guests in a timely manner. </li></ul><ul><li>Manage inventory and cash in order to run the store successfully. </li></ul><ul><li>Paperwork </li></ul><ul><li>June 2005-March 2007 Taco Bell Eaton, OH </li></ul><ul><li>Crew Member </li></ul><ul><li>Prep ingredients. </li></ul><ul><li>Help keep the store clean. </li></ul><ul><li>Serve guests hot and delicious food quickly and accurately. </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>October 2009-Present Argosy University Online </li></ul><ul><li>BA in Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>I am currently finishing up the program to receive my Bachelor’s in Psychology. </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><li>References are available on request. </li></ul>
Reflection <ul><li>I have learned a great deal from my time at Argosy. Taking classes from General Psychology to Crime and Causes to Human Sexuality. Each class being unique and interesting which makes it hard to decide where I want my concentration to be in. I would say my educational weakness would be expressing ideas orally because I do not really get a chance to do so taking online classes. I am a rather shy person and get very nervous in front of groups. I do think this could change with some practice. I believe my strengths lie with being an active listener and being able to face diversity. I try to be not to be bias and listen to everyone’s issues no matter how big or small they might be. </li></ul>
Table of Contents <ul><li>Cognitive Abilities: Critical Thinking and Information Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Research Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Skills: Oral and Written </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics and Diversity Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Foundations of Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Applied Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal Effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>** Include work samples and projects with a Title Page and organized accordingly to demonstrate each of the Program Outcomes above </li></ul>
Cognitive Abilities: Critical Thinking and Information Literacy <ul><li>Critical Thinking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I believe I have a significant amount of exposure in this area. All my work from previous classes are all stuck on my old computer that broke, and I was not aware that I would be in need of them later on so I do not have any sample works. I think I do well at analyzing psychological perspectives from multiple perspectives on given topics. I usually see topics in many different lights and can discuss them from all sorts of angles. I do think that I do have room to improve, but who doesn’t? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information Literacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I believe I do an excellent job at collecting information. I know how to use database to find articles for the given topic. I know how to look to see if these sources are reliable. For example, Psychology journals are deemed pretty reliable for research whereas an entry in Wikipedia would not be. Articles in journals are usually written by professionals in the field and anyone can publish an entry in Wikipedia. </li></ul></ul>
Research Skills <ul><li>Understanding Research Methods </li></ul><ul><li>I do not have a lot of experience with this. I know quite a bit about analyzing research findings; just do not have a lot of experience dealing with them. I can identify most statistical and evaluative tools and understand what they mean. I believe I just need more practice and it will be like second nature to me. </li></ul>
Communication Skills: Oral and Written <ul><li>Oral </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is another area I haven’t had much experience in. Taking classes online we do not get a chance to present things orally. I am also a bit shy at time and get nervous in front of groups. Doing it more would improve my abilities. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Written </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I believe I can do this fairly well. Knowing one’s audience is important in any type of writing. If we are writing to an audience of everyday people, we would want to explain terms they would not know. If the audience is a group of professionals in the field, we would not have to simplify the assignment for them to understand. I do think I have a problem knowing how to write for any certain group. </li></ul></ul>
Ethics and Diversity Awareness <ul><li>Ethics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I believe I need more experience with the ethics. Some classes spent a lot of time on ethics while others did not. They were always present, but sometimes not brought up as often. I know of the ethics, but could use some more time with them to know them like the back of my hand. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Diversity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I believe I am very aware of the issues related to diversity. It can be very hard to understand other populations, but as psychologists we have to overcome this obstacle. Personal biases can make issues worse for patients. We need to be there for them to help them through, not make them feel worse about their differences. </li></ul></ul>
Foundations of Psychology <ul><li>Knowledge of Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>I have learned quite a bit of Psychological knowledge while studying at Argosy. I know there is much more to learn though, or there would not be a such thing as furthering education. I believe I have the ability to analyze and apply concepts and perspectives, etc. in psychology to specific topics. It just takes thinking about it in a different way. For example, we can apply classical conditioning to many situations such as if we are expecting a call from a cute boy, every phone call would be associated with the boy. Hearing the phone ring could cause one’s heart to race and nerves to set in thinking it could be the cute boy calling. </li></ul>
Applied Psychology <ul><li>Knowledge of Applied Psychology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I’ve applied psychological principles to personal issues many times. Something will happen and I will look at it and think about it and realize I can associate it to psychology. I find it rather neat. I see things such as someone avoiding something to avoid a punishment and relate it to learning. We learn at an early age how to behave. We learn that we should not behave badly in fear of getting punished so we behave well to avoid that punishment. This is part of the punishment and reinforcement theory. </li></ul></ul>
Interpersonal Effectiveness <ul><li>Active Listening </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I believe I am a great listener. I try to be concerned in what the person is saying, give my advice in their situation, comfort them when needed to show them I truly care, and try to understand the problem. I give them respect by listening and not trying to interrupt them at any moment. Many people come to me as a person to talk things through with to help them feel a little better about the situation. Sometimes, just talking about it makes you feel better. </li></ul></ul>
My Future in Learning <ul><li>Learning is a lifelong passion of mine. I love learning new subjects to add to my reportoire. I envision myself continuing to learn in any area my life takes me. Whether I get to live my dream to be an author, a chef, or further my education in Psychology; I will always be learning. I love just jumping into whatever I am doing and trying new things whether it’s a recipe, a new genre of writing, or anything in the world of Psychology. I hope to be able to gain the most knowledge possible in my lifetime. I want to keep my mind young by continually throwing challenges my way. </li></ul>
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I spent two years at Wright State studying English then switching to Psychology. I had taken an Abnormal Psychology class and fell in love with Psychology. I find the mind so intriguing that I want to know everything about the mind. I find so many topics in Psychology that spark my interest that I cannot decide where to start. I have thought about dealing with substance abuse patients, becoming a relationship counselor, as well as helping children. Going into research is also an idea that has crossed my mind on a few occasions. I plan on pursuing a career after I receive my Bachelor’s in Psychology. I have found a few jobs that sounded as though they were right up my alley. I would like to become a case worker, a child protections worker, drug/substance abuse counselor, an employment counselor, or even a rehabilitation advisor. I know I want to work in some part of the health care section of Psychology. My plans are to find one of these careers and possibly pursuit graduate school in a few years. Going to graduate school would open me up to more career possibilities such as becoming a Clinical Psychologist. Finding one of these entry-level careers will also give me plenty of experience to pursuit better jobs in the field. Any of these careers would allow me to be helping those in need and I believe I would be very happy in any of them. I also want to publish a book in my lifetime. My other passion is writing and I want to write a novel that many will enjoy. It would be fantastic if I was to write the next big hit series but I would be satisfied with just publishing one book. I would also like to get kids more interested in reading. Sadly, many kids only read they have to and do not know the joys of reading. I would like to change that because reading can really transport one to another place and time. It is really quite magical. I have so many goals in my life to strive to achieve. I do not want to meet one and be on my merry way. I want to have many outfits in my closet of life. I hope to be an author, a chef, a counselor, a mother, a wife, and friend to many. I want to inspire others to dream big and that nothing is impossible. Most of all, I want to show everyone that a little support goes a long way and that most kids only need that one person to believe in them in order to make miracles happen. I, like everyone else in the world, have the potential for greatness. I hope to use this potential to truly do some good in the world.
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