Psychology student Olivia Pettengill

Olivia Pettengill '20


Olivia Pettengill

For as long as I can remember, I have been perplexed and intrigued by the field of psychology. By the time I got to Framingham State, I knew it would be my major, but I had no idea how I wanted to pursue it after graduation. Now moving into my junior year, I feel confident in the direction my degree is taking me. FSU provides me with much more than a generic psychology degree; it allows me to shape my education around the topics and classes that interest me the most.

One of the things I value most about Framingham State is the devoted faculty. The professors emphasize the importance of applying concepts, as well as understanding them. They create a comfortable setting that encourages students to ask questions and engage in conversation. Outside of class, my professors have mentored me toward success, working beyond their requirements as instructors. With their guidance, I have had the opportunity to contribute to psychological research, gain experience in a clinical setting through an internship, and develop a better understanding of what my options are after graduation.

I am grateful that I have had the chance to become a part of the resilient community that stems from FSU. The people and experiences I have encountered through Residence Hall Council, rugby, the SEALS peer health educators, and as a Security Desk Attendant have left me with life lessons and fond memories of my time here. As a newly hired Resident Assistant for the upcoming year, I hope to foster that sense of community among the students on campus, and serve as a resource for those who need it.