Q & A with Morgan Duretz ’17 counseling psychology

When applying for colleges, what made you interested in DelVal?
When applying to DelVal, I didn't know what an amazing journey I was about to go on. I had earned my associates degree and was moving on towards my bachelors. I was at another university before applying to DelVal, where I was unhappy. I knew I needed to find another university to complete my degree and to be successful. That was when a family friend told me about DelVal. She encouraged me to apply and the rest is truly history. Here I am... about to graduate and become and alumna of a one-in-a-million university. Little did I know that I would meet some of the most amazing people, the greatest professors, and be able to participate in a wonderful counseling psychology program.

What is your favorite part about participating in student research at DelVal?
My journey was a little different than others. I have never been a star student, and have always had to push myself in order to succeed. To sum things up, academics have always been a struggle. When my advisor approached me about this research opportunity, I was very hesitant. Would I be successful? Would I be able to keep up with the independent work load? If I was to highlight my favorite part of this experience, it would have to have been leading my own focus group. It gave me a sense of independence, and made me feel that I could complete this project successfully.

How does participation in student research enhance your college experience?
It really opens your eyes to a lot of different options. For me, while I felt like I accomplished my goal, I came to realize that the research side of psychology is not for me. However, having the experience of leading my own focus group, collecting the data, and putting together a presentation showed me not only how important time management is, but that if I set my mind to something, I can achieve it. 

What do you hope to do after college?
I am not entirely sure at this moment. Graduate school is a possibility for the future. Although for now, I am looking into working with the autistic population. I completed my E360 requirement by working with an autistic foundation and really found a sense of fulfillment while doing so. Without the E360 opportunity, I don't know if I would have ever been able to discover my passion for this field.