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Date:1/8/2010

me personal challenges, including the loss of two family members.

"I chose psychology because I realized the help I received to overcome my challenges provided me with experience I could offer others in need," said Lasher. "It is difficult asking for help from someone who hasn't experienced what you have. I want to help those who felt no one would understand them."

Tomasz Michalak, a senior from Newington, CT, chose psychology because he has "a deep interest in how and why people interact and respond to their environment." Through the Mount's affiliation with New York Medical College, he hopes to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy. Michalak is president of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.

"Psi Chi gives students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and one-to-one relationships with faculty," Michalak said. "It also provides scholarly activities and the chance to serve the Mount community."

Erica Echeverria of Mount Pocono, PA, a junior psychology major, said she enjoys trying to help people deal with problems.

"Studying psychology makes me feel like I have a great purpose in life," said Echeverria.

Colleen Amundson a senior from Wyckoff, NJ, is studying psychology because she enjoys trying to understand people.

"I hope to eventually become a family counselor and heal families before they become broken," Amundson said.

The Mount provides participatory learning opportunities through its Center for Adolescence Research and Development and its Center for Aging and Policy.

The Center for Adolescent Research and Development studies adolescence with the goal of helping young people on their journey through adolescence. The center will present a conference, "Adolescence in the 21st Century: Constants and Challenges for the Next Generation," featuring psychologist David Elkind, author of The Hurried Child, April 10, 2010.

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