Celebrating One of Our Most Recent Grads, Alyssa Martin ’23
My time at Ursinus was incredibly important in helping me get to where I am today! While at Ursinus, I juggled many activities including: playing on the women’s basketball team, joining the Tau Sigma Gamma sorority, working in the Academic Affairs office, doing social psychology research, and being an active member of the Ursinus chapter of The Hidden Opponent, a national nonprofit that focuses on mental health in athletics. I graduated with a double major in neuroscience and psychology, with a minor in biology.
Recently, I have begun working as a customer service representative with Grandview Medical Company. I attribute much of my success in this position to my time working in the academic affairs office on campus. The academic affairs staff and the deans were always so supportive of me and gave me the agency to take on projects independently. This allowed me to develop the necessary skills for a customer service position.
In the fall of my junior year, I took the course that had the most impact on me during my time at Ursinus. I enrolled in Social Cognition with Dr. Mattingly thinking it would be a good psychology course to apply towards my psychology minor. I left that class declaring a second major in psychology, wanting to enroll in research (with two CoSA presentations in my future), and with a whole new perspective on how people interact with each other. That winter, I decided I wanted to pursue sport psychology in grad school. Now, I am in my first semester of my master’s degree in kinesiology, with a concentration in sport and exercise psychology from West Chester University. I am taking courses that build on my academic and athletic career at Ursinus, including Group Dynamics in Sport and Exercise, Neuropsych Approaches to Sport and Exercise, and Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology.
With all this being said, the most impactful thing I will take from my time at Ursinus is the people. From teammates and coaches, to sorority sisters, to professors and classmates, I met the best people that I know during my time at Ursinus, and I made bonds that will last a lifetime.