Sarah Freed

What are you doing now?

I am an Assessment and Development Specialist working for the Jefferson County Commission. I create interviews and analyze data to ensure that we have valid selection procedures. Specifically, I am focused on preventing adverse impact. Jefferson County is currently under a consent decree for having racist and sexist hiring practices from 30 years ago. My division's goal is to fix this problem (and we are getting close!).

How did UNA's psychology program help you achieve what you have become?

Dr. Hudiburg thought I was pretty weird when I told him on my first day at school that I wanted to focus on I-O psychology. He also didn't appreciate that I slept in every class. Regardless, he supported my endeavors and was gracious enough to offer an I-O course my senior year (which saved me time in grad school). Additionally, Dr. Carrasco was an amazing professor that provided me with multiple research opportunities. Her husband is also involved in I-O psychology. They were always available to answer my questions and give me advice for success. Honestly, my entire experience with UNA's psychology program was very positive and I would recommend it to anyone. Their continuous support and availability helped me get where I am today.

What advice would you give students who are interested in becoming UNA psychology majors?

If you are interested in psychology I STRONGLY suggest that you go to graduate school. You can get a job with a bachelor’s degree, but it probably won't be what you want to do. The real opportunities are available once you obtain higher education. Also, research the field of psychology you want to focus in. Actively try to give yourself a competitive resume. Volunteer for everything and try to get in on a research project with one of the professors as soon as you can. Not only will this make you competitive for graduate school, but you will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with different practices. Oh and lastly, don't forget to have fun!