How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?
President of Lorain County Community College’s Psi Beta psychology club, Roberta Rodriguez, has set lofty goals for this year that she feels confident they can achieve as an American Psychological Association recognized club. One of their main objectives is to educate students interested in the field of psychology and broaden the horizons of those in the midst of choosing their career paths. “Because psychology is under a broad umbrella, there are a lot of things you could do when you’re coming up into the field, and a lot of students don’t know what route to take or how to get to their main goal,” explained Rodriguez. “We’re here to help them get to their main goal because we want them to succeed.”
In addition to educating students, Psi Beta places emphasis on community interaction. “We’re trying to get more involved with community service,” she said, “We want our members to be more active, not only in our group, but also with the school and with the community.” Already this semester, Psi Beta has hosted events such as inviting speakers Lori Hanson of the Hanson House, a Traumatic Brain Injury Clubhouse in Berea, and Meg McIntyre of the Genesis House, to campus.
The ways they hope to help students succeed in their chosen field of psychology is by introducing them to research practices at an undergraduate level and the participation in conferences. Last year, the club was the recipient of a second place award for research findings regarding sexual narcissism at a conference that took place in Toronto.
Although Psi Beta is exclusively a psychology club, membership isn’t solely for those with majors in the field. “You just have to have a real genuine interest in it, and want to be doing things that help psychology students,” Rodriguez said. Dr. Eulalio Gonzales advises the club that plans to meet the first Wednesday of each month from 12-1pm.
By the way, the answer to the original question? Only one, but the light bulb really has to want to change.