Graduating Seniors

After I graduated in December, I started working at a nursing home as the Social Services Director. In Fall 2018, I will start the Master’s of Social Work program Virginia Commonwealth University.

Megan Miller

Hoping to gain a little work experience before I take a swing at grad school!

Sydney Patterson-Bradbery

Following graduation I will begin post-baccalaureate work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in order to pursue a career in medicine.

John Anderson

I’ll be working in the psychology field for a year while applying to clinical graduate programs.

Sabrina McAllister

Kaitlin was awarded a Fulbright to Copenhagen, Denmark where she will be studying and researching in the field of Organizational Psychology. She then plans to get a graduate degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Kaitlin Busse

I do not plan on going to graduate school immediately after graduation, but I do plan on going back to Long Island. I am thinking of doing EMT work as well as volunteering to figure out what is in my possible scope of view.

Kathryn Wicklund

After graduation I will be working as an elementary English as a second language teacher for Prince William County Public Schools!

Alaina Nguyen

I will be taking a gap year and preparing for applications for law school.

Adora Nguyen

I plan on becoming an artist. After graduation I will be living in Roanoke to hopefully get a good start on this new path.

Tyler Muntz

After graduation, I will be pursuing a Masters of Arts/Science Degree in Clinical Counseling and relocating to Charlotte, North Carolina. I plan to use my Master’s Degree to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and address the mental health needs of children within marginalized populations.

Victoria Preston

I am taking a year to gain experience in the field. I will also be preparing to apply for grad school in pursuit of my Master’s degree.

Sarah Bocook

Continuing research in Northern Virginia to gain experience before attending graduate school in 2019.

Maddie McCall

I am planning on finding jobs or internships that are related to mental health in New York.

Jeanne Skulstad

I am going to work for the Western Virginia Water Authority for a year and then apply to medical schools.

Griffith Wood

I plan to take a gap year and gain some clinical experience before hopefully apply to graduate school.

Kyttichera Bridgewater

I plan to pursue a career in higher education.

Hannah Wuerthner

I plan to attend an Accerlated Bachelors of Science in Nursing program. In addition, I hope to travel and see the world.

Laura Sullivan

I finished my course work here at Roanoke College December 2017 and have been working towards my Master of Education with a specialization in supervision and administration. After I earn my masters, it is my hope to work within the higher education setting.

Leah Bond

I am planning on attending grad school

McKenna Polak

I plan on taking the year before furthering my education in Art Therapy.

Mary Grove

After graduation, I will be pursuing a Masters of Arts/Science Degree in Clinical Counseling and relocating to Charlotte, North Carolina. I plan to use my Master’s Degree to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and address the mental health needs of children within marginalized populations.

Sydney Quantock

I am taking a gap year of sorts; I’m moving to Dallas, TX to participate in a leadership development program, while I try to decide if I want to go to grad school or not.

Brittany Naumann

I will be attending graduate school, at William and Mary, for a masters degree in Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling

Taylor Kracht

Samantha Baldwin will be finishing up her student teaching in the Fall 2018. She hopes to go to graduate school in the following year.

Samantha Baldwin

Immediately I will be returning to Newport News, VA hoping to work for the Peninsula Boys and Girls Club. I am ultimately aiming to move to California to pursue a career in Event Management.

Karla Williams

My goal is to find a full time job after graduation!

Amber Durr

Master has given Dobby a diploma, Dobby is free. Except not really because I plan to go to grad school, the ride never ends.

Alexander Glando

Kaitlin Busse: Honors in the Major Defense

Kaitlin Busse successfully defended her Honors in the Major/Honors Distinction project entitled “Examining the differences in organizational climate and job dissatisfaction: A comparative study between the United Kingdom and United States” under the supervision of Dr. Darcey Powell. Also pictured above are the other members of her committed: Dr. Sweet, Dr. Anderson, and Dr. Whitson.

Congratulations, Kaitlin!

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Taylor Kracht: Honors in the Major Defense

 

Taylor Kracht  successfully defended  her Honors in the Major project entitled “Media Consumption: Association with Expectations and Implicit Theories of Romantic Relationships” under the supervision of Dr. Darcey Powell. Congratulations, Taylor!

Abstract: It is proposed, by this study, that romantic media can influence romantic beliefs, expectations, and partner idealizations. Participants were emerging adults from a small liberal arts college, Roanoke College. They first completed a pre-video survey (N = 121) assessing their prior romantic media exposure and their current romantic beliefs, relationship expectations, and partner idealizations. Participants then came into a lab and watched one of three videos; two romantic and one non-romantic. Immediately after the video they filled out a post-video survey (N = 81) assessing their romantic media exposure, romantic beliefs, relationship expectations, and partner idealizations. Overall, it was found that romantic beliefs had an influence on certain relationship expectations. It was also found that the assigned romantic media had a significant influence on the change in romantic beliefs. However, there were no significant results, for either prior media consumption or assigned media, influencing relationship expectations or partner idealizations.

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How Much to Pay?

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The fifth and final article written for Dr. Carter’s Social Psychology course, Bailey Ratfliff and Erin Kosmowski discuss an article dealing with how much are people willing to pay depending on the situation.

When you go to buy something, like a t-shirt of your favorite band, wouldn’t it be nice if you could just pay what you want? Then, you could go through the drive-thru at Chick-Fil-A and be told the car in front of you paid for your meal! These methods are called, respectively, pay what you want and pay it forward, two forms of consumer elective pricing. How much would you pay for that t-shirt if you got to choose the price?  What if you decided to pay for the next car’s lunch, how much would you be willing to pay?  These studies by Nelson, A. Gneezy, and U. Gneezy, seek to find the relationship between pay what you want and pay it forward amounts.  In which method are people willing to pay more?

In study one, which was conducted at Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, participants were told either they could pay their entrance fee forward for another museum goer instead of paying for their own admission, in one condition, or pay what you want in another condition.  It was found, in accordance to the experimenters’ prediction, that the pay it forward condition paid more money than the pay what you want condition.  In study two, the conditions were the same at the same museum, but the wording of what the people in the pay it forward condition were told was changed.  People paid more in both conditions for this study, but still paid more for the pay it forward condition than the pay what you want condition.  In study three, study two was replicated but participants were given a colored sticker, blindly labeling them as pay it forward or pay what you want group.  The cashier in the gift store then recorded their purchases and their colored stickers to see if either condition spent more in the gift shop.  The conditions were found to have spent around the same amount of money.  For the final study, conditions were set as in study two but at a coffee shop instead of a museum.  Again, those in the pay it forward condition paid more than those in the pay what you want condition.

The researchers believed that descriptive norms were playing a role in the participants’ actions. In the first two studies, people fell subject to the norm of reciprocity. Since another person paid for them, the participants’ felt that they had to do the same for a future attendee. Subjects experienced kindness and generosity and felt as if they must pass it on to reciprocate.  There was also some pluralistic ignorance occurring, leading the participants to believe the norm was to pay more and followed suit.  People may have privately believed they should pay less but decided to pay more because they believed that’s what others did.

The study does a good job supporting its hypothesis and eliminating any confounding variables that may have also explained the results, though it does not go into further details. They do not discuss if witnessing an act of generosity will impact the participant’s amount paid. Another thing that would have added to the study was to see how the amount paid could be manipulated through a third party’s actions, such as having the earlier guest pay more for the participants’ ticket or witnessing someone pay more for the pay what you want than average. They also focus on for profit organizations so adding a nonprofit organization to the study could show very different results.

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