Psychology Club: Advance your psych career

The Psychology Club was revived in Winter Quarter by dedicated students in the Psychology Department, hoping to encourage students to hear about the subject, learn more about transfer options and receive career advice from professionals.

Treasurer Angelica Gonzalez, 21, psychology major, said the club supports students looking into psychology as a major, or just interested in psychology as a subject.

The club regularly features guest speakers, and will also take a group trip to UC Santa Cruz in June to learn more about its psychology program.

Students lingered hours after the meeting to talk about topics ranging from the psychology of terrorism in anticipation of the speaker’s next meeting, as well as which De Anza math class to take to clear prerequisites.

Publicist and ICC representative Laura Giampaoli, psychology major, said the club is both professional and friendly.

“This [club] is a good chance to learn more about psychology than you do in your class, [and] get to know people who are also in psychology,” she said. Giampaoli said psychology is a broad, sometimes confusing field, but the club helps students figure out their options.

A notable speaker featured last quarter was psychologist Philip Zimbardo, who led the Stanford prison experiment. The club has featured therapists to talk about job aspects and educational advice.

The club also features a weekly newsletter that covers the information covered at meetings.

Club member and teacher assistant Dana Le, 23, psychology major, said said the members of the psychology department and the club are close knit. She said she’s trying to be more present at the meetings and events, as well as help with organization.

“For a while, there was no psychology club,” Gonzalez said. “We decided last quarter to get a group of students and start the club again.”

Le said the past Psychology Club closed down because there weren’t enough students who were willing to be officers.

Gonzalez said communication was an issue last quarter, but the officers have learned from their mistakes. She said they have more meetings together and are open to asking the club members for advice.

Gonzalez said she highly recommends getting involved on campus. She said she regretted not participating in clubs earlier.

“I’m really glad [I’m an officer of Psychology club] because it totally opened my doors,” she said. She got to know other students as well as professors within the psychology department. She said the club opened her horizons in terms of what classes she should take, as well as career goals and options.

The club meets weekly on 1:30 p.m. Thursdays.