Jon began his college career at a large, public state school in western Massachusetts, but as early as his first semester, it became clear to him that he wanted something different-something closer to his home in Brookline, Mass., and to the city of Boston.
When he transferred to Emmanuel for the spring semester, the baseball fanatic was happy to be back in the city and near Fenway Park, but was still uncertain if Emmanuel would be his final destination.
"I joined the club baseball team, I met amazing friends and I loved my classes and professors," Jon said. "Emmanuel College ended up being the perfect destination. I didn't anticipate it happening that way, but I am so glad it did."
At the start of his first semester at Emmanuel, Jon asked a representative from Emmanuel's Student Government Association for the contact information for someone on the club baseball team.
"I was directed to e-mail the president of the club at the time," he said. "I e-mailed him and was invited to the first practice. I was welcomed, accepted and immediately taken in. I had always been passionate about the game, and I played baseball growing up. The team noticed this, and by the end of my sophomore year, I was named President."
In addition to his involvement in club sports, Jon served as an Orientation Leader during the summer of 2014 and as a community assistant for one of Emmanuel's off-campus housing locations, CityView at Longwood, the following fall. That same year, he was inducted into Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology, and Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, of which he also served as President.
A psychology major with a concentration in counseling and health, Jon became interested in the field of mental health through his "Counseling Theories and Techniques" course at Emmanuel. During his junior and senior years, he complemented his coursework with on-campus research alongside Department Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology Linda Lin and Adjunct Professor of Psychology Karen Miranda. With Dr. Lin, his research focused on male masculinity and Muscle Dysmorphia (a psychological disorder marked by a negative body image and an obsessive desire to have a muscular physique), which resulted in a paper presentation at the New England Psychological Association's 55th Annual Meeting at Fitchburg State University in October 2015. With Dr. Miranda, Jon studied gender differences, specifically the pay inequality between male and female professors at colleges and universities across the United States.
Through his senior capstone program, Jon was able to gain valuable experience in the field, including an internship with Fenway High School in their Ventures Program, which focuses on career development, and in their college counseling office.
"At Fenway High School, I worked with an extremely diverse group of students, and I was able to gain experience counseling students one-on-one," he said. The experience Jon had at Fenway High was everything he could have asked for and more. "It was a perfect internship to have as someone entering the field," he said.
Jon was accepted to several graduate programs but decided to attend Boston College.
To those students who are considering transferring, Jon says to "listen to your gut."
"If you believe the current school you are enrolled in isn't the right fit, make a list of why that school isn't the right one," Jon said. "This, in turn, becomes the list of characteristics that are important to you. Find the school that matches these credentials, do some research, and trust the process.
"I needed a small school with small classes. I needed a tight-knit community, and I needed somewhere I could continue playing and coaching baseball. Emmanuel fit the criteria for me." Jon said that transferring to Emmanuel was the best decision he could have made.
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Psychology is a rich and varied discipline dedicated to the scientific study of the complexity and diversity of the mind and behavior, including cognition, personality, memory, emotion, interpersonal relationships, psychological disturbance and psychotherapy. Psychology majors at Emmanuel receive a broad liberal arts education as well as training in the specialized knowledge and skills of psychology with concentrations in developmental psychology, neuroscience and counseling & health. Beyond the classroom, students are able to take advantage of the various research and internship opportunities in Boston, from world-class medical centers to nonprofit and human services organizations.