Koebe Diaz

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Major: Psychology

Class of 2022

What research are you doing at Scranton?

I am working on my honors thesis with Dr. Nolan on authority’s effect on empathy. We are determining whether authority has a similar effect on a person’s empathy as it does on obedience. I was inspired by the events at the Mexico border with family separation and the role that authority and “following orders” play in the treatment of humans.

What was your Teaching Assistantship like?

I enjoyed working with Dr. Kemp and Dr. Nolan as a teaching assistant and was glad to continue working with Dr. Nardone. It was a great experience and taught me a lot about course organization, interpersonal skills, and my future interests.

What do you like about the psychology major? 

I like how in the psychology major we can explore our multiple interests. There are so many interesting classes to take within the program, and you can find a class to fit your interests or even discover a new interest.

Why did you choose Scranton? 

I chose Scranton because of its community and energy of the students and faculty. I liked how it was not a large university, so I could get to know my professors and fellow students.

What are your extracurricular activities? 

I work for the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and am secretary of the Psychology Club, treasurer of the Black Student Union (new to campus this year), and on the advisory board member of THR1VE for first gen college students. I also am a member of Beading Hope and Pi Gamma Mu.

How has the psychology program prepared you for the real world?

The Psychology Department has offered me so many new experiences and provided skills that I can apply in all aspects of my life. I have gained not only knowledge in psychology but also interpersonal and professional skills.