Hayley Johnson of Ludlow, MA is a Psychology major who has been recognized on both the Dean’s List and the President’s List as well as being a member of Omicron Delta Kappa honor society and the Western New England Chapter of the Psi Chi psychology honor society.
Hayley remembers that when she walked onto campus her freshman year she was shy and hated any form of public speaking. But that has all changed, she is now presenting research at major conferences and has presented three research posters in front of substantial crowds.
Similarly, prior to her freshman year, she had avoided confrontation of any kind, but in addition to her leadership and time management skills as a Resident Advisor, she also developed conflict resolution skills and learned how to interact with residents in a variety of scenarios.
As a freshman, Hayley became involved with various clubs and organizations on campus, which helped her grow in and out of the classroom. These activities have included being, a member of the Steering Committee for Residence Life and being a math tutor. As treasurer of C.A.R.E., the community service club on campus, Hayley learned how prevalent hunger and homelessness is, and that has motivated her to make a difference in her community.
Through C.A.R.E., she helped orchestrate playgroup activities for toddlers with intellectual and behavioral problems, has made Necessity Bags of toiletries, water, and socks for the homeless, gave out presents for Toys for Tots at the Colonial Estates apartment complex, and participated in the annual CROPWalk in Forest Park to spread the word about hunger in Springfield. She also participated in the Shriners Hospital for Children’s annual Radiothon, answering phones to accept donations for the hospital.
As a research assistant for two years, she has helped Assistant Professor of Psychology Kevin Zabel run research trials and assisted in the analysis of research results. Presently, she feels ready to take the next step in her life: with the support of her friends and family, she plans to attend graduate school to earn her Doctorate of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology, hoping to change lives as Western New England University has changed hers.