Senior Brady Rainville has spent time as a student, a researcher and a teacher in his four years at Johnson State. With a double major in psychology and business, Brady’s hands-on education has given him the skills he needs to achieve his educational and professional goals.
“Not only am I learning psychology theories in the classroom, I’m applying the theories in research and also helping to teach those theories,” said Brady.
As a student, Brady’s near-perfect GPA led him to the position of research assistant with Dr. Gina Mireault, a psychology professor at JSC. Together, they have been researching the effect that humor has on infants and how babies understand their surroundings.
“I’ve been a part of the whole research process — it’s been great!” said Brady. Doing hands-on research, collecting and coding data and analyzing results have given Brady an experience most psychology students don’t receive until they’re in a master’s program.
Brady also has learned the statistical analyzation software, SPSS, which researchers use in graduate programs and careers. “Getting that foundation is huge,” he said.
On top of his research, Brady has taken on the role of master learner for JSC’s Living & Learning Community for first-year psychology majors. The LLC members live together on one floor and take three introductory courses together. Brady’s role within the LLC is to create connections between each of the courses and introduce the students to the psychology department. He also helps teach the intro courses, plans field trips for the group and runs a study hall for the students.
Learning how to lead a classroom and create assignments has been a highlight of Brady’s senior year at JSC. “I really love seeing the spark the students have for psychology. It reminds me of when I was first taking my introductory psych class,” said Brady.
Through JSC’s high-impact learning practices, Brady recognizes that he is receiving a well-rounded education. “I’ve been able to really get a grasp on what the field of psychology is all about,” said Brady.
Brady is well on his way to a successful career in psychology. “When I graduate I will have done a preliminary round of what I want to do in the future, which is teach at the collegiate level and be a professor,” said Brady.