Nicholas David W. Smith, a junior psychology major from Indiana, Pa., is working towards attending graduate school after his 2015 commencement at Westminster College. Determined to see a future with a Ph.D. in psychology, Nicholas is taking full advantage of the opportunities before him at the College and a campus community full of people willing to chase his dreams with him.
Nicholas said that the College is helping him to achieve his vision in numerous ways, including with challenging courses that not only teach him valuable information, but makes him interested in exploring the subjects even further. Nicholas is also able to enhance his studies with hands-on learning. In his Learning and Memory class he learned how to operantly condition a rat to play basketball, making psychology come to life for him.
Nicholas has also worked at Westminster's Preschool Lab. The lab serves both the College and the community by providing learning experiences to the area's children, while allowing psychology and early education majors the opportunity to gain field experience with children through observation and research projects, while under the guidance of psychology professors. Nicholas was able to list the experience on his resume.
In addition to his studies, Nicholas is highly involved in extracurricular activities on campus, including as a member of the Men's Titan Swim Team, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Psychology Club, the psychology honor society Psi Chi, and Men's Chorus. Nicholas said that being involved on campus has made him feel that he is a part of something, and he gets excited to get up every morning and experience what Westminster has to offer.
"I wake up not only for my academics, but with the promise of the great things to come and the amazing people I interact with," Nicholas said.