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The Department of Psychological Science recognizes outstanding students each month for their contributions in the classroom, in the research lab, or around campus. Below you will find stories about the current psychology student(s) of the month.

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November 2012


Hancock NovSOM

Valerie Hancock

Valerie is a senior at GCSU majoring in Psychology. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and volunteering.



Dr. Young has probably been the most influential professor I have had during my time at Georgia College. She has so much enthusiasm for psychology and it really shows when she teaches. The excitement she has just makes you want to go out and learn more. She is also there for you anytime you need her. Whether it’s during her office hours, after class, or even over the summer she is always available to answer any questions or concerns you might have. I really hope one day I will be able to inspire others as much as she has inspired me.

I have enjoyed all of my psychology classes, but especially Social Psychology with Dr. Powell and the Seminar on Love with Dr. Lindsay.  I found the social aspect of psychology really fascinating. From love to schadenfreude and nearly every emotion in between, each class was extremely interesting and informative. The Seminar on Love is a class that I have applied to my life each day. Our class has learned so much about ourselves and about each other that I would recommend it to anyone who truly wants to learn how to be a better person through living a life of love.

Current Projects, Future Goals

I participated in an internship with the Meals on Wheels program in Athens, Georgia. I delivered meals to clients, answered any questions or concerns about programs available in the Athens area, helped integrate a new computer system to help with productivity, and filed government and private pay paperwork. I learned a lot about how compassionate people can be and how hard those in social services work. It was also really eye-opening to see how so many people from so many different backgrounds needed help and how thankful they were to receive it.  I enjoyed my experience so much I still volunteer each week.

Initially my plans are to get a job where I can gain work experience and to travel both here and abroad as much as possible.

My short term career goal is to get a job in an area where I can obtain experience for my long term goal of getting my Master’s degree. I would love to work as a counselor with middle school students. With all of the pressures kids have to deal with, I feel that they could really use someone to help them through it all.

Quotable Quotes

“Get as involved as you can in everything the department offers. The more involved you are, the more you get out of the psychology program. Also study with your classmates whenever possible. They may understand something you don’t or vice versa. You can teach each other so much!”

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