Ganghui Suh

Tell us about how you found your second major.

I came to IU with an interest in studying psychology, and after arriving here, I took some introductory courses that confirmed that interest. On one hand, I knew what I wanted and I found it here. But I found more. The College requires students to take courses outside of their major, and I chose to take a Criminal Justice course to fulfill one of those required courses. I liked the content, so I talked to the professor and decided to add a minor in Criminal Justice. Eventually, I turned it into a double major.

Your major presents some unique opportunities outside of the classroom. Can you tell us more about those experiences?

I did a special program in Psychology for a Certificate in Clinical Psychology. It offers more specificity in terms of academic research, and mine looks at psychology and how it relates to the community. I’m taking a practicum class with an internship at a research institute in Bloomington. Their work focuses on community-based needs, such as how to help community members stop smoking. They look at research factors and see how they could be applied in real life.

I’ve also worked in a research lab for about a year and a half. The research isn’t exactly in my field of interest, but it’s good experience. Students who work in labs are more likely to have internships because they are more connected and talk more with grad students and professors. Depending on the industry, though, research experience is as important as internships.