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True Confessions From Your College Psychology Instructor

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There are so many things I want to say here, I think this might become an ongoing column of sorts. I have already thought of several post topics I would like to write about. Here are just a few:

  • Why I Pulled Off of  I-10 In Arizona at a Truck Stop to Call Back to the Dean to Say I Want to Teach the Death and Dying Class
  • Five Things to Never Say to Your Instructor
  • Why I Love Teaching Psychology to You
  • Memorable Students
  • Why Is It That I Get Older But My Students Stay the Same Age?
  • You Crack Me Up: Hilarious Excerpts From Your Reaction Papers
  • Which Students Will be Taking Care of Me Someday in the Nursing Home?

These are just some of the things I think about when I am in front of you in the  classroom. You think I'm paying attention to the lecture topic, but my mind can wander just as well as yours can. And don't tell me it doesn't. Sometimes, I can just see your minds floating out the window... and mine wants to go, too!

Today, I passed a colleague in the hall and we said "hi" to each other. Then, I added, "I get to go teach now!" And I thought how fortunate I am that I love what I do.

Yesterday, a student stayed after the class to ask about his points. When we were finished, I couldn't help but ask, "Now, why were you smiling so much during the whole lecture today? You were practically laughing at times, but I didn't see you whispering or talking to anybody." I thought maybe he went off of his Haldol.  He grinned this huge toothy grin and said that he really got it today that he wants to be a therapist and help people some day. He said that so many things that I talked about (Theoretical Approaches to Doing Therapy was the topic) just resonated perfectly with who he thought he was and what he wants to do with his life. And he's only 19! How awesome is that? So I went on and on about how he might pursue his academic career and I think I made him late for his Anthropology class. Sorry 'bout that. God, I love teaching.



True Confessions, this is gonna be awesome. Having had the pleasure of taking a recent class of Dr. Roush's, I know that this ongoing column will be informative as well as humorous. I am looking forward to more!!


I look forward to your posts Dr. Roush! I took your class in the Fall of 2010 and I wasn't kidding when I said that you made me want to be a Psychologist! Almost two years later and I'm halfway through my Psychology degree at UNM. Thank you for making your class one of the most engaging and informative that I have ever taken to this day!

Maria Howard

I had a wonderful and very insightful experience taking Dr. Roush's class a few semesters ago. She just validated what I already knew. I am meant to be a Clinical Psychologist. Being a veteran with PTSD, I was able to learn more from this class than what my doctors have tried to help me with. I became more in tune of the WHY, which is very important when you're trying to go through what you're going through. I just hope one day I can help people just as she has helped me. Oh, and I can't wait to see what she's gonna write about.

Kristin Roush

Hi Alix,
So nice to hear from you! And congratulations on your successful two years as a Psychology major. Please stay in touch with me and let me know when you graduate. I will want to give you a big hug and officially welcome you to our profession! I am sure you will do us proud!

Kristin Roush

Hey, Maria,
Thanks so much for your comment! I love to hear about students who arrive at such great insights about themselves... and then actually translate that self-awareness into some kind of life change. Way to go! So nice to be in touch with you. I wish you the very best. I know you will help lots of people.

Paul Padilla

I enjoyed your post on teaching and how much you enjoy it. I had my opinions about Psychology when I first registered for the class. I just finished changing my major to liberal arts and had no idea what I wanted to do when I grew up. Being 37, I didn't have a lot of time to figure it out. I was always asked what my dream job would be, and I always answered it would be a grade school teacher, but the money teachers make was a concern. After watching you teach and the passion you have for your work, it made me decide that I would major in Psychology. The knowledge and experience I have gained in life could really help young people who are struggling with what to do with their lives. I would just like to say thank you. I really feel I made the right choice.

Paul P.

Kristin L. Roush, Ph.D.

Oh, Paul, thank you so much for your kind words. It is gratifying to know that I might have played a part in your recognizing where your career passion may lie. Let me know if I can help with any academic direction, and welcome to your new profession! We can use some good people with good hearts who can guide our young people. I am sure you will be awesome!

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