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Where do you live on campus? Why do you like it?

I'm in the basement of Barrett as a first year RA. I like it because I like being an RA. In particular, on this floor, I have three bulletin boards all to myself! I love doing bulletin boards because I feel I can help students live in an academic environment and focus on their learning. It is important to relax, but I hope I can instill in them an appreciation for learning. Why can't learning be a form of relaxation? I feel like I can support that environment here!

Tell us about your classes this semester. Which are your favorites and why?

My favorite is my research with Beth Mechlin, psychology professor. I want to be a positive psychology researcher and professor, so it is rewarding and enjoyable to get to practice some of these skills here. It is a joy to be doing what I love, and Beth takes my opinions and work seriously. There is nothing quite as nice as being validated and encouraged to input, when I know I am still a learner. I guess I feel like I can learn with this experience more than ever because I am personally involved. It's awesome!

Why do you like Earlham?

Students are taken as individuals. I have a lot learn as an academic and as a person, and I feel that the professors--and really everybody--account for my needs in particular. I'm sure any education would be meaningful, but the fact that my education is unique and tailored to my needs is truly something else. From my parents to Earlham supporters in general, I cannot express enough how grateful I am to be here.

What are your plans for winter/summer break?

I will be graduating, so I hope to get a job. I'm looking into working at mental health agencies, and happily finding I am qualified surprisingly often. After that, I'm off to grad school for a Ph.D. It is sad to see my undergrad college years go, but I am glad to be growing up. I know what I want to do, and I'm looking forward to adult life!

What are your plans post-Earlham?

Grad school, I want to research and teach positive psychology.

Tell us about an off-campus program you did and what was special about it.

I went on the France program. That was really special most of all because of the leader, Karim Sagna. It was very experience focused. We had a lot of free time, but there was a lot to learn in France. I can't speak for everybody, but I made sure to stay active. I would visit historical sights and write poetry in my free time. After that, we would come together and Karim regularly led us in discussions about how things were going. I think it is very important to have academic experiences, and this was not very academic. That being said, it should not have been. I learned a lot and saw a lot of things that I cannot do inside a classroom. It was awesome!

Joshua Graetz

Joshua Graetz 2015

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

Major at Earlham: Psychology, French

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