"I have grown a lot from being a part of this organization, and it has helped me prepare for life after I graduate. I plan on going to graduate school, and my involvement in Psi Chi has helped me solidify what career path I want to take."
Psi Chi is the international honor society in psychology with the purpose of encouraging, promoting and maintaining excellence in the field of psychology, as well as providing for interested students the opportunities and experiences that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
Website: Psi Chi Honor Society
Facebook: Oregon State Psi Chi
Who can join? Why join?
Membership in Psi Chi requires a psychology major or minor, 14 credit hours in psych classes and a 3.3 GPA. However, many of our meetings are open to all students who are interested. We have various guest speakers and activities throughout the year that we encourage everyone to come to.
How did you get involved?
I was invited to apply to be a member fall term of my junior year. After I was accepted, I regularly attended meetings and events and decided to run for president for the upcoming school year.
What is your best memory?
One of my best memories of being in this organization was when we had a panel of individuals who had gone to graduate school come and give us advice, share their experiences and answer our questions. It was very informational and helpful for me since I had a lot of unanswered questions about grad school, and it was a casual and fun setting.
What is the community like?
Overall, it has been a very positive experience being a part of Psi Chi and being able to come together with other psychology majors and discuss topics that are relevant to our field. I have learned a lot about the different paths you can take with a psych degree and about various opportunities that we have as undergraduates on campus.
What did you first feel a sense of belonging on campus?
I first felt a strong sense of belonging on campus this past fall when I joined not only Psi Chi, but Active Minds, another psychology-related club, and started to get involved in events on campus. Meeting different people from all kinds of backgrounds who had similar passions as me really reinforced my sense of community at OSU.
How have you grown from being involved?
Personally, I have grown a lot from being a part of this organization, and it has helped me prepare for life after I graduate. I plan on going to graduate school, and my involvement in Psi Chi has helped me solidify what career path I want to take and the steps I need to take to get there.