Published 08/23/12

Turn what you love into a lifetime of success

Lindsey Weber ’11 / Majors: Sociology: Social Research; Applied Psychology / Minor: Business Administration / Internship: Milieu Therapist, Bradley Hospital, RI / Hometown: Dalton, MA / Path: Grad school, then Academic Advisor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

 

“In the liberal arts programs, the professors get to know you. You’re not just a number. You’re more willing to cross boundaries and step out of your comfort zone.”

Lindsey Weber chose to major in Applied Psychology in her sophomore year. And after a few sociology courses, the Honors Program member decided to major in that discipline as well.

“Bryant has such excellent faculty, and they had a huge impact on my decisions,” says Weber, a first-generation college student. Small class sizes allowed her to form strong relationships with her professors, including Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology Allison Butler. “She was definitely a mentor to me,” says Weber, who recently earned a master’s degree in applied developmental and educational psychology from Boston College. She is now an academic advisor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

“At Bryant, there is a sense of community and trust with your peers and professors. You are more willing to cross boundaries and step out of your comfort zone.”

Professors truly care about all their students and have an open-door policy, Weber notes. “I think that’s what led to my research assistantship in the psychology department,” she says. “I got to know Professor Butler on a more personal level, and, when she received funding for a research assistantship, she thought of me right off the bat.”

Weber also interned at Bradley Hospital in an early intervention program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). “My Bryant education provided me with the professional background necessary to interact with hospital staff, supervisors, and clients,” she says. “Meanwhile, my developmental psychology courses provided me with the basic understanding needed to work with children with ASD.”

“After four years at Bryant, students are more than ready to enter the workforce and put their own stamp on business, education, law, and myriad other fields. But beyond that, they also walk away with an extended family. The relationships developed with peers, faculty, and staff are unmatched by other institutions.”