Hope Skeen

Hope SkeenMajor: Psychology and Pre-Nursing

Why I chose Central: What really stood out about Central for me was the pre-nursing program and the small, tight-knit feeling of the campus as a whole. It felt like a place where I would be able to thrive because of the plentiful and varied opportunities and people who genuinely care about your success while also helping you reach your goals.

Why I love my major: The psychology department is great! All of the professors genuinely care about our learning and growth. And the classes are outstanding. I get to do things in them that I wouldn’t be able to at larger schools. For example, this semester I’m taking a class where one project is to counsel our peers as if we were actual counselors in order to better learn and apply the skills taught in the classroom. Also, by the end of my three years, I will have completed two experimental research projects which I create and carry out on my own (with support from the professors, of course), which just wouldn’t happen at a larger school.

Favorite class: My favorite class so far is Psychopathology. It is a very interesting subject, and I find it fascinating to see the effects on a person when biological or environmental factors cause them to deviate from what we call normal.

Career plans: I will be transferring to Allen College to get a B.S.N. degree, then I hope to work as a pediatric nurse.

Service-learning: I work as an advocate for community engagement in Central’s Center for Community-Based Learning, so I am very directly involved in service learning and working with community partners. I have also done service learning for Nature and Environmental Literature at the Marion County Humane Society and am currently completing service learning for my Child and Adolescent Development course at the Pella Art Center.

Internships: This summer I took part in the Social Justice in the City summer internship program. My internship was at Children and Family Urban Movement, where I worked with the Awesome Summer Days camp for elementary aged kids.

Campus organizations or teams: Alpha Delta Epsilon (sorority), Greek Council, Book Club, Magic the Gathering Club, Art Club

How has Central provided a strong academic experience? I think that almost every aspect of Central fosters a good academic experience for students. From supportive professors, to great courses, and helpful faculty in other areas of the school, everything has supported me in my academic journey when I needed support.

What made Central a good financial investment? For me, Central is a good financial investment because with the pre-nursing program I will get two undergrad degrees (a B.S. in psych and a B.S.N.) in only a matter of four and a half years.

The best thing about Central: The best thing about Central is the variety of opportunities it affords every student. Quite honestly, there is something here for everyone and if there is something you’re interested in that Central doesn’t offer, you can usually create it in the form of a club, internship or what have you. I think this really sets Central apart from other schools because having opportunities that interest you makes you feel much more at home, like this is a place where you are wanted and welcome.