- Class of2021
- MajorBiology and Psychology (Interdisciplinary)
Originally from Walpole, Mass., Justin is a biology and psychology interdisciplinary major. “I chose to study biology and psychology because I've always been innately curious and interested in the way people think and behave.” Justin’s favorite aspect of his major is the ability to gain hands-on applications in the classroom. “My exposure to a diverse set of courses each semester has prepared me for life after Loyola—in addition to the lectures and extracurricular program offerings, which have added to my academic experience.” A member of the Green and Grey Society, a mentor and mentee program coordinator for the Psychology Club, a captain for Relay for Life, and a member of Asian Cultural Alliance, Justin has made the most of his Loyola experience. He also credits his success at Loyola to his mentor, Rachel Grover, Ph.D., professor of psychology, who he met on his first day of classes when she served as his Messina advisor and his psychology advisor. “Not only is Dr. Grover an outstanding professor and advisor, she is also a wonderful human being who genuinely cares about her students. From my first year at Loyola to the present day, she has shown a genuine interest in who I am, both in and out of the classroom; she is a big factor in why I call Loyola home,” says Justin. After graduation, Justin hopes to continue his education and apply for a doctoral program in clinical health psychology. He aspires to become a research clinician and work with chronic pain populations.
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The extensive opportunities to engage multiple aspects of oneself at Loyola is a hallmark of the university. It falls very much in line with the Jesuit value of cura personalis, or care for the whole person.