The Art of Sangfroid

By America Lopez, Talon Staff Writer
When I tell someone that I’m majoring in psychology, there are typically two reactions. One is people who think that I’m crazy and that I’m either just trying to figure out what’s wrong with those around me or even what’s wrong with myself. They tend to ask me a lot of questions and asking if that’s something I’m sure I want to do. The fact that I’ll be dealing with a lot of troubled people, as well as the difficulties involved in not taking my work home with me, are two things that are often mentioned. I’ll address this argument later but first, onto my second point. While, of course, there are people who are supportive, a good amount of people tell me that I’ll probably change my mind by the time I officially have to declare my major. Statistically, 50% of college students will change their major, some up to 3 times, so I know that that point is plausible at least. It makes sense to me, but I still get slightly offended because the people who tell me this generally don’t really know me.
Going back to the first point, I know that psychology is a bit strange, being the study of the inner workings of the mind. I’ve heard that by the end of your first psych class, you are likely to find out of some disorder you had that you weren’t aware of. We pretty much all have them, even if they’re not completely obvious. I guess that in a way, I am trying to figure out what’s wrong with me and the people around me, but that’s kind of my job. I’m supposed to be able to aid and support the people who need it. Underneath all the complex things like Landau-Kleffner Syndrome and Riley-Day Syndrome, that is simply the core of it, helping others who want and accept help. I acknowledge that it will be extremely difficult not to take my work home with me, but that is something that I’ve accepted and will try and deal with when the time comes. I’m not planning on helping these children to make myself feel better, but to make them feel that there’s someone there for them who cares and understands and tries to help.
Ephesians 4:32 tell us that we should be “kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” We should always strive to be like Christ and do everything in our power to aid others and guide them in life as the Holy Spirit guides us. In my career, I’m going to attempt to do all my work and give advice in a way that is God glorifying and I am very optimistic for the future and where God is going to lead me in life.