Annie Morin,'18, ’20 (M.A. Psychology), challenges herself to learn something new every day. At Meredith, she had many opportunities to grow as a psychology major at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Annie has recently completed Meredith’s new Master of Arts in Psychology program. The industrial/organizational psychology focus of the program fit her desire to help people, and she's found great pride in being among the first cohort of the program to graduate this spring.
"Being able to stay at Meredith for another two years helped me improve my strengths and learn more about my values," said Annie. "I am looking forward to my career as an I/O Psychologist and the next opportunity."
Annie made strong connections early on at Meredith, including with Professor of Psychology Cynthia Edwards. “I took my first class with Dr. Edwards during my first semester, and I’m so happy that I did,” Annie said. “She has been encouraging me to keep pushing myself ever since.”
The Honors scholar has worked as the lab manager for Edwards’ Meredith Emerging Adulthood Longitudinal Study and has worked with her on independent research. During her senior year of undergraduate study, Annie also served as a student assistant in the psychology department.
“Working for Dr. Edwards allowed me to utilize and build on my strengths. As she gained more confidence in me, I developed more confidence in myself – I do know the answer, I do know how to do this, and I am getting better at it every day. That type of confidence and mentorship is so valuable, because she challenged me and reaffirmed me at the same time.”
Annie calls the psychology department’s location in Ledford Hall a second home, having spent a total of 12 semesters there now. But she's also explored psychology outside the walls of Ledford. She worked in human resources the first year of her graduate psychology program, an experience that she believes made her a stronger candidate for jobs in the future.
Annie had the opportunity to travel to Italy in May 2019 with the I/O psychology program. "We met business owners across different industries in Italy and learned more about their values," she said. "Getting such insight into another culture helps me as an I/O understand what people seek in their jobs and I can use that as insight."
Studying abroad in Spain as an undergraduate student was another important experience. “I loved every second, even the challenging moments, because I could feel myself growing every day. I know that I am capable of going way beyond my comfort zone and conquering challenges.”
Annie, who has maximized her six years at Meredith, says one of her attributes is the ability to find the fun in most any situation.
“I haven't done anything at Meredith that I haven’t enjoyed, from research to study abroad to academic opportunities, from Honor Council to SGA to traditions. I think that is because I know myself well enough to pick things that I enjoy.”