Undergraduate Student Spotlights

Vanessa Volpe

Applied Psychology

Three things I have with me at all times:
a little point-and-shoot camera, a moleskine notebook, and a starbucks gift card
My inspiration:
my parents, Howard Gardner, and Justin Vernon
My prized possession:
my grandmother's wedding dress
After I graduate, I:
want to pursue either a Ph.D. in clinical or developmental psychology or a MFA in poetry
The longest it took me to write a paper:
time allocated over several weeks
Best course at NYU:
Cultures of Psychology or Advanced Poetry
Why I chose this program:
I wanted a psychology program that was in and of the community
Favorite Book (please include author):
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
The professor who has influenced me the most:
Dr. Selcuk Sirin
Most adventurous thing I've ever done:
Taught English in Romania for a summer
If I took a year off from my current life, I would:
ride an elephant in Thailand and write poetry in Jaipur
Favorite study spot at NYU:
Think Coffee or Washington Square Park when it's warm
Worst job I've ever had:
zookeeper - penguins are so messy

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Providence, RI
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
I am a member of the Applied Psychology Honors Program. I am the Editor-in-Chief on a new online publication showcasing undergraduate work in psychology (http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/opus). I am also a member of the Scholars Program and Psi Chi (The International Honor Society in Psychology) and received the Steven Phillips Memorial Scholarship and an Undergraduate Student Government Award for service to the Steinhardt community and academic excellence. I took part in the Dean's Travel Research Colloquium to Istanbul, Turkey, where I researched the relation between conflicted identity, openness, and religiosity. Additionally, as a Research Assistant at St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital's outpatient substance abuse program for adolescents, I will present my research on gender differences in HIV risk behavior at the American Psychological Association (APA) conference.
Community Service and Other Activities:
I am a Research Assistant at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital (see honors above). I am also a Research Assistant in Dr. Selcuk Sirin's lab, researching sociopolitical identity, the immigration paradox, and the academic engagement of youth in NYC. I've tutored at the International Center for the Disabled, in their GED program for urban youth with developmental delays or disabilities. I was a Peer Advisor when I studied abroad in Florence, helping students get acclimated to their new environment and serving as a daily resource and contact between them and the program administrators.