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Rachel Evans


Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Major: Psychology
Concentration: Women, Gender, & Sexuality
Study Abroad: Varanasi, India
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Rocky Road
Best Adjective to Describe You: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Study psychology because the mind is so complex and there is so much to learn about yourself and others!

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I started taking psych classes because I was interested in abnormal psychology and mental illness. I stayed in the department once I realized how interesting and complex even “normal” minds are!

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Take the required classes early because there are so many interesting electives you can take in the department!

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Psychology has helped me with my WGS concentration in understanding concepts of gender and social norms, and in the Sexual Safety and Support Alliance (S3A) to understand social relations and methods of coping.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Everybody, everywhere has a life, aspirations, opinions, and problems. It seems so obvious but it’s so hard to remember!

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Feminist Psychology of Women because it helped me to understand so much about myself and it combines my two favorite subjects, Psych and Women Studies!

What is your SIP?
I am working on a team in the Psychiatry department at U of M that studies attachment between mothers who have high risk lifestyle problems and their babies.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I am interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in Social Work and/or Public Health.

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