A passion for assisting men and women was instrumental in modifying the study course of Reese Polen’s WKU journey.
“I begun here mainly because of the songs education and learning application. It was the most effective solution for percussion,” he reported. “Then about the drop semester of my sophomore calendar year I preferred to change, but I realized I had 6 hours still left in the new music major so I resolved to complete it out.”
Polen, a senior from Bowling Environmentally friendly, graduates this 7 days with twin levels in songs and psychological sciences with concentrations in social and medical psychology.
“Music has taught me to go after my passions and what I want to do with my no cost time,” Polen claimed. “Psychology is what taught me what I want to achieve skillfully. One particular of my other passions is supporting people and I have learned a whole lot in psychology exactly where folks have arrive to me for tips and I’ve been equipped to notify them scientifically what can aid them.”
Polen stated the very best element of his WKU knowledge is “definitely the connections. I have produced ties with professors who will support me get into graduate faculty but also lifetime buddies.”
1 of all those mentors is Dr. Aaron Wichman, associate professor in the Division of Psychological Sciences.
“Reese is seeking ahead to a occupation as a clinical psychologist, and preferably a single where by he will be equipped to use his qualifications in new music to assistance his aims,” Dr. Wichman reported. “Music treatment comes to mind, but auditory signal processing and neuroscience do as very well. He has a good deal of alternatives with the encounter and training he has formulated so considerably. I appear ahead to observing how he chooses to go forward.”
For the earlier two decades, Polen labored with Dr. Wichman on a challenge with the Heart for Open Science, regarded as Rating–Systematizing Self-assurance in Open Exploration and Evidence. “The venture examines the replicability and generalizability of analysis and seeks to find strategies of identifying replicable investigate even in the absence of further info collection,” Dr. Wichman explained. “Reese aided with a venture that calls for independently conference with hundreds of contributors (above Zoom, many thanks to the pandemic) and assisting them through a examine centered on the replicability of some findings acquiring to do with participants’ perceptions of their taking in habits. He’s taken care of a large diploma of professionalism and engagement via a tough time.”
Investigate jobs aided get ready Polen for graduate college.
“Graduate faculties undoubtedly glimpse at how a great deal research you’ve performed,” Polen explained. “The a lot more you can present on your own as a researcher the much more marketable you are.”
Polen also joined a team hosted by Dr. Wichman that achieved weekly to discuss results and studies in psychological sciences. “This semester, we study a approximately 500-page reserve on exploration covering intergroup relations and hatred, and though some learners did not show up at all our meetings or do all the readings Reese was generally organized and had excellent contributions,” Dr. Wichman explained.
Polen explained speaking about the research articles and mastering the philosophy guiding them “helps you be extra aware as a person rather than just a much better experimenter.”
All through his yrs at WKU, Polen has been a member of the Huge Crimson Marching Band, Delta Omicron expert audio fraternity and the social psychology lab. He also participated in analyze overseas excursions via the Office of Songs.
Like other pupils, Polen’s final year at WKU was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Polen reported, nevertheless, the yr hasn’t been extra demanding, but “it’s just particularly distinctive.”
And it altered his programs. “All during college or university I have been certain I’m going appropriate into grad school right soon after I graduate, but then this previous yr I recognized I will need a gap year with a split from college for far more than a month or two,” he explained. “I program on shifting to Austin, Texas, since my good friend that I create music with is shifting there way too. Austin is also a even larger city for audio than Bowling Green. It will also be beneficial to shift absent from a great deal of distractions so I can concentration on finding the right graduate faculty and researching for the GRE.”
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