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Makeda Adisu works as research specialist for a market research firm

Since graduating last June with a Psychology and Communication degree, Makeda Adisu has been working as a research specialist for market research firm Real Capital Analytics. She has also continued to work with Dr. Bruchmann on writing a manuscript on the impact on social media impression formation, which they are hoping to publish soon. She writes: 

“I am immensely grateful for my experiences in the Psych department at SCU. I can say that joining Dr. Bruchmann’s social psych lab during my junior year was a pivotal moment for me, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without having done so. Dr. Bruchmann gave me the opportunity to be deeply involved in the research I was doing, from brainstorming research questions to presenting a poster at the WPA 2017 Convention, to being the second author on a manuscript. These opportunities really gave me an understanding of what research looks like, and inspired me to pursue a career in research.

In Dr. Koopmann-Holm’s capstone on Culture and Emotion, I really strengthened my ability to critically analyze research and ask the difficult questions that academic research faces. These are skills I still carry with me and use every day in my work. Most importantly, the Psych department helped me answer the daunting question that many students approaching graduation are faced with: what do you want to do with your life? My experiences in the department helped me discover that I was truly passionate about research and gave me the ability to land a job in market research less than a month after graduation. Not only this, but the faculty provided me with invaluable guidance as I navigated life after graduation. I feel so lucky to have mentors like Dr. Bruchmann and Dr. Koopmann-Holm who took a real interest in helping me discover what I was passionate about and graciously shared with me their insight about opportunities after SCU. 

"I will always remember what the SCU Psych department did for me, and I hope that I can help current and future students find the same fulfillment that I did!"

Makeda will be one of the panelists giving advice about careers in Tech to undergraduate students on Monday, April 30, 6:30-8:00 pm in Lucas 126 at the Psych Club’s Tech Panel Event.

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