Alumni Perspectives

We asked our alumni to reflect on their experiences majoring in Psychology at Castleton. Here is what they had to say.

"As an athlete, I was fortunate enough to be able to play sports in college. Part of what made that possible was how understanding and supportive my professors were, especially in the Psychology department. Often times games would interfere with class schedules, causing me to have to miss class and sometimes make up the work. In these situations my Psychology professors were very flexible and willing to work with me outside of class to do so. I think what stood out to me most was the interest of my professors in my athletic career, not just understanding but asking how I was doing and how my team had done the night before. I strongly suggest playing a sport in college, it truly makes the experience better."

-Mariah Lesure, ’15, Women’s Lacrosse


"Being a student athlete can be hard but when you have a major with a department as open and caring as the psych department, it makes it feel like you're both a student and athlete. the professors genuinely care about your schedule and they do a great job with connecting class with sports. Being a psych major I have learned so much that has made me into a better all around athlete."

-Amanda Chambers, ’15, Women’s Volleyball


“I graduated from Castleton in 1992 with a degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Although I ultimately chose career opportunities not directly related to my degree, the education I received at Castleton unquestionably equipped me to excel in a competitive job market.”

- Kevin J. Souza, ’92
Director, Recovery Reports & Analytics Division
Department of Homeland Security


“The Castleton psychology department is where I became a smart person. It’s where I began giving back to this world because I wanted to know more, began to ask “why” and began to ponder solutions. I graduated Castleton in 1992 and went on to pursue my masters and doctorate in educational psychology.”

- Dr. Lori Thompson-Williams, ‘92
School Psychologist & Program Director, California Public Schools


"The psychology department at Castleton is truly unique. The faculty is very supportive and involved in each student's professional progress, both in the classroom and outside it. This creates a learning environment filled with limitless opportunities for students. I never felt confined to a curriculum.  If my interests extended beyond the prescribed course, they were not only accepted but encouraged to pursue the interest farther.”

-Molly Ramsden, ‘15
Law student, William and Mary Law School


My experience within the Psychology Department at Castleton was nothing I expected it to be. It was so much more than a department but its own community. Throughout my time at Castleton I played two sports (Soccer and Alpine Skiing) and was fully supported my teachers and advisor. They not only encouraged my athletic career here but became a part of it by coming to games and staying involved. This support helped foster amazing relationships between staff and myself that is hard to come by.  I was so appreciative of their willingness to work with me and understand both my commitment to academics and sports. The Psychology Department will always hold a special place because the relationships that I developed here will stay with me for a lifetime.

-Blair Hooper, ’15, Women’s Soccer and Alpine Skiing