Shannon Hogan

What are you doing now?

I am living in Boston, MA and absolutely loving it! I am a student in Northeastern University's Criminology and Criminal Justice Master's Program and will be working on admission into the doctoral program next fall. I found out this criminal justice program is actually ranked in the top 10 in the country (right behind University of Pennsylvania), so I am very excited! I was hired as a research assistant by Dr. Amy Farrell, and will be assisting in research in the field on actual cases of sex-trafficking in Massachusetts.

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

I am eternally grateful to the psychology department for helping prepare me for this opportunity, and I could not have gotten here without them. Each faculty and staff member challenged me in different areas (some more than others), and each individual went above and beyond to help me reach my goals and push me to see my potential.  I really appreciate that each person was willing to modify their own beliefs, standards, and stereotypes to help me find my own distinguished path. I would not be where I am today without them, and their willingness to push me and believe in me helped drive my motivation.

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

Listen to the professors, they really do know what they are talking about!!!! Even if you think you will not need certain information, or you disregard their potential and abilities, I will tell you right now... just don't, you are making a grave mistake. Trusting others is a challenge for me, but I would have never reached this opportunity if I didn't put my feelings aside and just trust the professors and their advice. Next, do not ever let anyone tell you that you cannot do something, read the book, "Chase the Lion," by Mark Batterson, and tell yourself that if your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough. Last of all, do not think it will be easy, the higher you climb, the greater the trials, so you must resolve early on that you will never give up.  It all comes down to these 4 words I wrote on my mirror as an undergrad (the 4p's): 1. Patience 2. Positivity 3. Perseverance 4. Precision (which I am still working on).