Pacific University, Sonoma State University
Gregori Class of 2013
Psychology (PsyD in Clinical Psychology)
Weighted GPA at Gregori: Above 4.0
SAT Composite Score (2400 Scale): 1470
ACT Composite Score: 35
Extracurriculars at Gregori: Mock Trial, ASB Leadership, Teens Run Modesto, Soccer, Cross Country, Track and Field, Volunteering at Church, Worked at Modesto Nuts
When choosing between colleges, how did you decide amongst the colleges that you were accepted into?
I think there are a lot of factors that go into the decision to choose a particular college. Personally, when I applied to college it was during a period of explosion of interest in studying psychology meaning that psychology departments were inundated with qualified candidates and applications. This made getting accepted into one of the more competitive institutions even more so. Despite my high GPA, AP courses, satisfactory AP exam scores, extracurriculars and volunteer commitments I did not get into my UC system schools of choice and was a little thrown about where to go. I was in the top 10% of students in my class (I believe that was the cut off, it has been a while since I applied to college) meaning that I would be accepted to a UC in the system if I wasn't accepted to one of my choices and that year it was UC Merced. I knew I didn't want to go to Merced since it was such a new school so I chose to not go the UC route and instead go the CSU route instead. As far as schools in the CSU system, SDSU was my top choice and I was accepted but decided not to go there as I did not want to be that far from home. I ended up choosing SSU as I was not sure what I wanted to major in but I was thinking either psychology, marine biology, or environmental science and Sonoma offered all three of those options.
What would you personally say are your school's strengths?
For me, I have found one of Sonoma's strengths to be the strong emphasis on the humanistic perspective in the psychology department. Most psychology programs in this day and age are strongly rooted in the experimental tradition focusing mainly on research and practical application. Sonoma is a different experience in the psychological domain as their program was started in the 60s during the humanistic revolution and expansion of that area of the thought. That tradition has been carried into the modern day (although it was shifting during my time there) and is still strongly felt in both the faculty in the program as well as the course offerings. For example, there are class offerings (at least during my time at Sonoma there were) in Jungian Psychology; Humanistic, Existential and Transpersonal Psychology; Psychology of Dreams; and the Psychology of Self-Discovery. I have found in graduate school that although my resume was less filled with research experience than some of my colleagues, my undergraduate experience gave me a different experience with and perspective on the field than those that went to research-based institutions.