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Ethel Mogilevsky


Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI
Major: Psychology
Concentration: Women, Gender & Sexuality
Study Abroad: Rome, Italy
Best Adjective to Describe You: Empathetic

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
The psychology department is a warm department that is not afraid to ask the hard questions and have students dig deeper.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
Get to know the professors.  When I was a first year at K, I was so scared to be taking psychology classes, but once I started going to my professor’s office hours and getting to know them one on one, I became more comfortable and the department started to become like a second home to me.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Take time for yourself.  Self-care is very important and K can be a very fast-paced and stressful environment, so it’s important to find a healthy stress-reliever, for me it’s dance, to help keep you grounded.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class at K has been Dr. Fletcher’s Adolescent Development class.  This is the class that helped me realize that I want to work with adolescents. 

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
Since the curriculum is open at K, I have been able to take classes outside of my major, like Intro to Creative Writing.  In this class, I realized that I love writing and reading poetry.  If I did not take this class, I probably would not have figured out this other love of mine. 

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I have participated in two externships, one in a non-profit in Chelsea, Michigan and a counseling one in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Additionally, I did a community building internship at YWCA Kalamazoo.  All of these opportunities are amazing and helped me figure out what I wanted to do after I graduate from K.  The CCPD is a great resource that I recommend all students to go to and take full advantage of.  I now work there as a career associate.  I also have been an intern in the Office of Religion and Spiritual Life which is another great community at K that has helped me grow and given me lots of support through the years.  I also have worked in Dr. Fletcher’s and Dr. Gregg’s labs and of course I dance in Frelon.

What is your SIP?
My SIP is a psychology narrative SIP.  I am working with Dr. Gregg, doing life interviews with young adults focusing on their sexual memoirs.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I am applying to master’s in social work programs, so that I can become a clinical social worker. 

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