The Simpson University Experience - Megan Hasebe
"There is a great sense of community at a school like this. Students can relate to professors and get to know them. There are also lots of opportunities for a student to pursue what they love."
— Megan Hasebe, psychology major, class of 2016
When Megan Hasebe took a psychology class in high school, she knew she had found the right career path.
“Since I was young, I always wanted to go into a field of helping people,” the Simpson University psychology major said. “I was hooked.”
A resident of Visalia, Calif., Megan heard about Simpson University, a Christian university in beautiful Northern California, from her youth pastor and his wife, who met as Simpson students.
She visited the campus—and was hooked again.
“There is a great sense of community at a school like this,” she said. “Students can relate to professors and get to know them. There are also lots of opportunities for a student to pursue what they love.”
The psychology major is one of the largest at Simpson, with professors emphasizing undergraduate research in addition to field experience opportunities and a wide variety of classes.
Such experience can be immensely valuable for students seeking to get into graduate school or competitive internships. Simpson psychology students are also regular presenters at the university’s annual Student Research Symposium.
Field Experience is a yearlong course that allows students to pair with an organization in the community to work as a psychology intern. Megan, who plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work, worked at an adult day health center.
“It really helped prepare me for my future career,” she said. “Not only was I actually working somewhere, but in class we discussed things like resumes, interviews, ethics and situations we might run into in the field of psychology.”
In addition to the guidance received from her professors, Megan has had other opportunities for personal growth and leadership experience at Simpson. She’s a leader in the Simpson Chorale and has been part of Strike Teams, small groups that help meet needs in the community.
Megan is the first person in her family to attend college and said she is grateful for the financial support of those who donate to student scholarships, as well as aid such as Cal Grants.
“I definitely wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the people who give,” she said.