Luis reflects on his four-year journey in finding his passion for Communication. Despite struggling to connect his introductory classes with his main interest in media studies, he persevered and found the value of having a strong foundation on which to explore the things he felt happy doing.
My favourite courses were close relationships, human sexuality, and couple therapy. I took most of these courses with Dr. Rebecca Cobb, who eventually became my honours supervisor. We conducted research on how individuals maintain their relationship satisfaction and personal well-being while living long-distance from a romantic partner.
My SFU experience was also enriched by being an engagement programming assistant, teaching assistant, and peer mentor. I was Psychology’s first Engagement Programming Assistant and was proud to establish the Psychology Research Lab Fair to connect students and research labs. Furthermore, I created a webpage to recognize and feature the research being conducted by our psychology undergrads. I was surprised to find out how much I enjoyed being a teaching assistant and how rewarding it was to inspire and support students’ learning of research methods. As a FASS peer mentor, I had a lot of fun meeting with my mentees to talk about academics and life."
-Brittany Lasanen, BA Hons Psychology, Extended Minor in GSWS (2018) and current MA student in the Counselling Psychology program at UBC (2022). Brittany was our very first Engagement Programming Assistant, working with us for almost 2 years and was involved in many projects such as the PSYC Research Lab Fair.
This post was originally posted on the SFU Psychology Instagram page on November 21st, 2021.