Meet Amanda

Amanda | Class of 2013

Hometown: Cottage Grove, Minnesota

Major: Psychology/History

Why did you choose Northwestern, and why did you choose your particular major?
I felt that UNW was the college that God was leading me to. I choose my majors because I love learning about them!

When/how did you decide what major you wanted to study?
I choose Psychology because I felt that the things I would learn would help me with whatever part of life I am dealing with, both now and in the future.

Why is Northwestern a good place to study psychology/criminal justice?
I love the fact that we are able to incorporate our faith in our studies at UNW. I feel that the spiritual aspects of life cannot be ignored when dealing with any person, and incorporating that into our courses gives students a more complete view of how to best make a difference if you are working in a helping profession.

Most influential class so far?
So far, I think that Psychology of Gender has been my favorite class because there are so many things discussed in that class that people wish they could ask but never get the chance or courage to ask. I also got a better understanding of how my own sex and the other sex thinks and functions.

Most influential psychology/criminal justice professor?
Dr. Hansen! Not only is he my advisor, but he will take the time to talk with me about life. He has the boldness to challenge a person’s assumptions on the spot and isn’t timid about bringing up some challenging and thought provoking topics in class.

How have you changed as a student at UNW?
In general, being at UNW has allowed me to express myself (especially in my views on life and faith) with more confidence whether talking with other Christians or with those who are unsaved.

Have you been stretched and challenged at UNW? How?
Goodness, yes! When I first started at UNW, I was so terrified of being around all the people! I had panic attacks just thinking about having to speak in front of others, but in the past year, I have become a little more bold about speaking up in class and haven’t had a panic attack yet! I have also learned not to be so stressed about my grades by being reminded that my identity is in Christ and not in my performance on any test or in front of any group of people. I know that it is only through God’s strength that these changes have been possible, and I have appreciated the support and understanding from my professors.

(Plus, anyone who has been in one of Dr. Den Hartog’s classes certainly knows what it is to be challenged (in a good way) and will grow academically as a result! ;) I am grateful to him for that!)

What do you value most about UNW?
I love the fact that the professors at UNW are not just teachers but actually have real world experience in their field and can share that with the students. I also appreciate that our professors take the time to get to know the students individually and will talk with you outside of class.

What would you like to do when you graduate from Northwestern?
I am not yet sure about my future, but at some point I would like to get my masters degree (not sure for what though). Mostly, I just want to be able to have a job where I can practice what I have learned from UNW and not dread going to work every morning.

What is something that surprised you about Northwestern?
I was surprised about our professors’ demeanor. They are not just lofty intellectuals who give lectures! They are interested in making sure the students understand the material and they exhibit Godly behavior, demonstrating how Christianity plays a part in each field of study.

What would you share with other prospective students considering your major at UNW?
UNW’s Psychology department is amazing! You will learn so much inside and outside of class from the Professors and fellow students, and I find myself using that knowledge daily! Sometimes you don’t realize how priceless it is to be able to study at a Christian college that makes learning about psychology an enjoyable experience.