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Mayra Diaz ’19

How did you choose your area of study?

The challenges of belonging to two opposite cultures is what sparked the love and interest I now have towards psychology. I identify with both the Mexican culture and the American culture; however, when you have distinct expectations coming from both sides, it gets mentally exhausting and frustrating to know which culture to truly live by. This is a problem that not only I have been exposed to, but thousands of children and adults alike also go through on a daily basis. Psychology has helped me cope with this struggle and better understand cultural differences and how these differences influence human behavior, education, and social experiences, as well as many other areas. Once I graduate from Lake Forest College, I intend to pursue graduate school, concentrating in psychotherapy or counseling.