Thursday, December 18, 2014

What Are These Recent Alumnae Up To?

With the winter break fast approaching, we checked in with some recent graduates to see what memories they have of their time at NYU and to hear about their current jobs.

Morgan Haselden (CAS '14)

What did you study while you were at NYU? 

In high school I had an inspirational mentor and decided then that I wanted to pursue psychology. I never wavered in my choice of major at NYU but in my Sophomore year I added child and adolescent mental health studies as a minor.

Name a moment during your time as a student that stands out as being most memorable or something you did while at NYU that you are most proud of.

In my senior year I took an advanced honors seminar. It was a small class and I was able to focus on a project that I will never forget. The project ultimately created a platform that would enable independent studies with students and professors across the GNU.

Where are you currently working and can you name one aspect of your job that you enjoy most?

I work at Columbia Medical Center/The New York State Psychiatric Institute as an assistant researcher doing mental health services and policy research. It is exactly what I want to be doing. I was asked to be part of two projects that focus on services for young adults who have experienced psychosis. Right now, services for young people who have psychosis and schizophrenia is where I would like to focus my research.

Name a book that you read at NYU that you would recommend to others.

Definitely Random Family by Adrian Nicole La Blanc. Everyone should read this book. It was especially important to me as a newcomer to NYC.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

In 10 years I picture myself in a postdoc position researching mental health services to help people who have suffered from mental illness, potentially focusing on psychosis. So I'll need to be working toward a PhD within three!

What is something you learned about NYC that you would share with other students who may be starting to navigate the city?

I've thought about this question a lot - NYU is a complete reflection of NYC. The city is a city of extremes and it's important to think about things that will ground you when you too get extreme. Whether it's friends, family, hobbies, etc. arm yourself with the resources to get you back to your best self.