Julia Neyland ‘21
What made you choose UNH?
UNH is the perfect location for me. It is not too far from home, but still has allowed me to discover a new place! I can go to the beach, the mountains or into Portsmouth all in one day. I love how much there is to do around here and I still get to enjoy the New England change of seasons. I also have been able to play Lacrosse here for four years and make so many friends while doing it.
How did you choose your major and why?
I chose psychology because it allowed me to lay the groundwork for what I want to do later without being too restrictive. I knew coming into school I wanted to be in a career where I could help people, but I wasn't quite sure what setting I wanted that to be in. With something a little more open ended I have been able to discover what path I want to pursue without having to change my major.
What do you enjoy most about being in the College of Liberal Arts?
I love that the professors and advisors in the College of Liberal Arts are so accessible and knowledgeable. They are so invested in helping us find what courses and what path is right for us and are never afraid to offer advice from their experiences! I have been fortunate enough to create a close bond with my professors and it has helped me decide what I want to do for a career.
Have you undertaken any experiential learning (internships, study abroad, research, etc.)?
I have been able to participate in research studies through SONA (an online psychology research participation system) as an underclassman. It has been fun to participate in some of the studies that are similar to the ones we learn about in class. As a senior I have been able to work as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Psychology, which has been by far my favorite experience within COLA. I learned so many important skills in working with students and also working collaboratively with my assigned professor!
Are you involved in any groups, clubs or organizations?
I am a student athlete on the Women's Lacrosse Team.
How is COLA preparing you for career and professional success?
COLA has so many opportunities to get help with preparing for professional life. One that I recommend to friends all the time is COLA Bootcamp. It is a half-semester two-credit course that helps cover some of the skills needed to get into the professional world. In this course I learned how to create a resume, how to write a cover letter, important interview skills and so much more! I have used these skills consistently while preparing for life after undergraduate.
What are your post-graduation plans at this point?
Next year I will be attending the Boston College School of Social Work to pursue my master’s degree!
What is one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?
I love to cook! I grew up in the kitchen with my mom and have come to love exploring new recipes.