Posted By Psi Chi Central Office,
Monday, August 14, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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Psi Chi Stories:
Ja'Darrius and Sondeika
Did you know that Psi Chi’s Membership Assistance Fund allows Psi Chi members who show financial need to join for free? It’s true! Each academic year, the faculty advisor at every chapter may request up to two eligible students have their lifetime membership fee waived. The first 100 applicants who are approved by the Central Office each year will be accepted into Psi Chi at no cost so that these students can enjoy all the many membership benefits of Psi Chi!
In today’s interview, Psi Chi members Ja’Darrius Strickland and Sondeika Miller (University of Southern Mississippi) share their experiences of joining Psi Chi through our MAF program. Ja’Darrius is a member of his campus’s memory and cognition lab. He has tutored statistics, is a member of the National Society of Leaders, and was accepted to participate in a Citi Internship. Sondeika is a dean’s list student, was a delegate for the Student Leadership Summit in March 2017, and an honor’s graduate in May 2017. She was also the first runner up in the SMAC Talent Show in October 2016.
Caption: (from left) Sondeika Miller and her advisor, Dr. Elena Stepanova.
How did it feel to become a Psi Chi member?
Ja’Darrius: It has truly been an honor being both recommended and accepted into this honor society. Being recognized for my accomplishments in academia gave me a bit of a needed spark to continue striving for success in my studies.
Sondeika: To become a member of Psi Chi was one of my best accomplishments thus far here at the University of Southern Miss. I had recently applied the year before and didn't get accepted. However, I'm glad that I persevered and kept going and finally got accepted.
What can you take advantage of most now that you are a member?
Ja’Darrius: I understand the weight that membership in this organization holds. It opens you to many opportunities such as scholarships and internships that are available, some only to Psi Chi members. It also connects you to many professional resources and individuals in the field of psychology for reference during your progression in this field.
Sondeika: Not only is it a great organization, but it has many advantages like scholarships and grants that are beneficial to my undergrad as well my grad career.
Do you think that Psi Chi will help you get into graduate school should you decide to go?
Ja’Darrius: Yes, I do believe that Psi Chi, as I mentioned is a prestigious society that is well-respected around the nation. As a member, I feel that this role is like a badge of honor, and mentioning of it during my application process will help give me that extra push that may be needed in the decision-making process of the different review boards in which I will be submitting.
Sondeika: Having Psi Chi on my resumé will be an advantage when it comes to applying and getting accepted into grad school. Being a member shows that I have determination, I'm a hard-worker, and I believe in having great academics because all of these are requirements to join. Not only that, Psi Chi gives insightful and helpful tips on how to apply for grad school.
What other ways could your Psi Chi membership benefit you?
Ja’Darrius: Psi Chi is also respected by many employers, and not only in the field of psychology. Membership adds to my chances of getting hired to a job, or accepted into a possible internship. Many people familiar with the society understand the criteria for induction into most of these organizations, and hold high preference over individuals exhibiting these characteristics and credentials.
Sondeika: Besides providing grants and scholarships, Psi Chi is a great way to network with other psychology majors and psychologists. It is also helpful in getting students, grad and undergrad, prepared for grad school. Then, it provides information about conventions, internships, and many more great opportunities. It's just a great organization overall, and I am glad to be a part.
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