My name is Chelsea Crenshaw. I fell in love with psychology back in high school when out of the blue I changed my mind about “growing up” to be a broadcast news journalist. During my second semester as a high school senior I enrolled in AP Psychology. As a requirement for the course, I had to take the AP exam. My counselor was never worried that I would not do well on the exam, as he knew me very well (I had been an office assistant the first semester). I committed hours out of each day to catch up on what I had missed the first semester, teaching myself the basics of psychology from a workbook. I spent numerous hours writing and defining vocabulary words. When the time finally came to take the test, I was nervous but confident. After only a semester of psychology courses I earned college credit for Intro to Psychology. Needless to say, I found what I wanted to do. That want was further solidified by the amazing psychology courses at St. Edward’s University and an internship at the Texas Association of Regional Councils where I learned about respite care, the aging community, and the disabled community.
I soon ended up in Houston, where I was accepted to the University of Houston. In November of 2011 I began interning at The Center. Every day spent there has only made me even more confident that my sudden change in plans back in high school was for the best.
I have taken (or are currently taking) the following courses at UH (denoted by a lack of *’s), Angelo State University (denoted by an *), and St. Edward’s University (denoted by an **).
- Abnormal Psychology
- Human Sexuality
- Child Development
- Adolescent Psychology**
- Theories of Personality**
- Research and Methods
- Cognitive Psychology
- Physiological Psychology
- Community Service Practica (served at the Psychological Research and Services Center)
- Social Psychology
- Developmental Psychology*
- Research Methods and Statistical Analysis*
- Psychology of Motivation*
- Cultural Psychology *
Originally, the plan for this blog was to post updates every day. However, I soon became swamped with my two internships and 12 hours of class. I tried writing down in a journal or in my planner the events for the day to help remind myself, but unfortunately, I still did not keep up with the blog. Around the end of April, I started to go back and try and type up what I could remember from what days, which was somewhat easy as the events that transpired at The Center were very memorable to me. This blog taught me that time management is an important skill along with keeping track of the tasks and duties I perform at work. This was something that Eden Greer at the Texas Association of Regional Councils tried to teach me by having me write everything I did in a notepad, something I still do to this day. Having this blog definitely helped me with my latest blog, HSI Outreach Student.