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Ashley Tigershtrom

BA Psychology, Expected 2016

My time at Iona has been nothing short of wonderful. Iona provides many opportunities for students to connect with others, understand the many challenges that others face, and allows us to take part in “moving the world.” There is a very strong sense of compassion that radiates from all that is Iona. 

For me, this became clear during my experience with the study abroad program. I was able to join students in a week-long trip to Oświęcim, Poland, studying the Holocaust within walking distance of Auschwitz I and Auchwitz-Birkenau. This trip was an extremely challenging yet  life-changing experience; it gave me not only an up-close look at one of the most horrific events in human history, but also a much deeper realization of human suffering. This allowed me to recognize that for myself, understanding and working to ease human suffering is one of the most crucial undertakings I can assume.

In my junior year, I began working with Dr. Jacobson on her research on suicide and self-harm. I was able to assist with a project on emotional regulation, emotional expression, and suicidal ideation, and attended the 48th Annual Convention for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Philadelphia. Currently, another undergraduate student and I are working on a study that investigates the presence of non-suicidal self-injury on social media sites. I found it to be tremendously useful to take part in research as an undergraduate, as I have been able to develop research skills that I will be able to utilize in the future, as well as explore different areas of interest in the field of psychology.

Going into my senior year, I can say with confidence that Iona College has provided me with invaluable knowledge and experiences, and I am eternally grateful for that. I have thoroughly enjoyed the courses provided at Iona, as I have found them to be the ideal blend of core principles with contemporary knowledge and advancements in the field. I have found the faculty to be accommodating, insightful, and supportive. I encourage prospective students to get to know the faculty, as they are a key resource and can provide a great amount of guidance. The Psychology program at Iona College has provided a solid foundation for me to build upon, has challenged me to think differently, and has left me with feelings of captivation in the field and excitement to be a part of it.