Springfield native Kaytlin Nelson strives for excellence in both her education and extracurricular activities. Service is important to her, and she quickly joined the student service club C.A.R.E., where she has been the Hunger and Homelessness Chairperson and the President. Kaytlin has participated in many service events; organizing Make a Difference Weekend, volunteering with The Gray House, to donating blankets to Friends of the Homeless and fundraising for the Greater Springfield Crop Walk.
One of Kaytlin’s most memorable experiences was traveling to New Orleans for Alternative Spring Break, where she had the opportunity to work with the NOLA Tree Project to liven up a community center and worked toward the mission of growing stronger, healthier communities through tree planting, community service, and disaster relief program.
If that weren’t enough, Kaytlin has been a Peer Tutor, Math Center Tutor, grader for the Math Department, and a Student Assistant for the First Year Office. She was awarded with the Citation for Community Service Co-Curricular Award.
Academically, Kaytlin has excelled in her studies as a Psychology major and Education minor, with a 3.97 GPA. She was awarded the Dean of Arts and Sciences Academic Achievement Award. Her stellar grades lead to induction into the Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, and the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society where she serves a President.
Kaytlin has dedicated two years to research that focuses on understanding the influence of self-reflective mindsets on embracing a multicultural ideology. She has presented her findings at two Western New England undergraduate poster sessions as well as at the 2018 New England Psychological Association Conference. Recently, Kaytlin learned that her research was selected from over 2,000 other submissions to be presented at the national Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention in New Orleans. Kaytlin has also interned at the Alternative High School in West Hartford and the Department of Special Education in the West Springfield School District.
After graduation Kaytlin plans to apply to graduate programs for School Psychology.