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Psychology Student Profile

Christina Harris“I liked the chance to become a student leader and grow as a person.”

Wilmington College graduate (May 2008) Christina Harris has been accepted at Ohio State University for the Masters Degree Program in City and Regional Planning. Christina graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Christina got hooked on psychology during her high school class. After graduation Christina looked for “a small college with an emphasis on personal development and close to home” where she could study psychology.

The answer was Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio. Christina often made the Dean’s List while at Wilmington College. “As a student Christina was clearly a strong quiet student,” said Professor of Psychology Mary Rose Zink. “When she said something, teachers as well as students listened carefully. You could always count on Christina to do exceptional work. Besides a hunger for knowledge, she hungered for many of our Quaker values, especially those of equality and social justice.”

Director of Multicultural Affairs Art Brooks said, “Christina worked several jobs on campus, was president of various clubs and still found time to keep her grades up. She knew how to manage her time well.”

While Christina says she had “great professors” what she liked the most happened outside the classroom. “I liked the chance to become a student leader and grow as a person.”

Christina served in the Peer Mentoring Program for three years, was President of the International Club and Black Student Initiative, and participated in Service Learning two years. In 2006, she participated in the Alternative Spring Break where she went with other students to Wiggins, Mississippi. The students helped to build a wheel chair ramp for a handicap family and put on a new roof on for another family. The Alternative Break fit the Wilmington College Mission of preparing students to Make a Living, Make a Life and Make a Difference.

Christina was accepted into the Ohio State University Masters Degree Program in City and Regional Planning with a concentration in Housing and Real Estate Development in early April 2008. She hopes to become a certified City Planner and work in the public sector and maybe have her own business. She wants to be a part of planning neighborhoods and of helping fix the housing market crisis. She also looks forward to buying some OSU football tickets for next season’s games, as she has been a long time Buckeye fan.

“I think this is like a dream come true for Christina,” said Art Brooks. “She loves Ohio State University and it is close to her home. She has worked hard and it is paying off.”

Professor Mary Rose Zink concluded, “What many people don’t realize is Christina’s own upbringing in a neighborhood that faced many challenges is what spurred Christina’s desire to be a leader in neighborhood/housing change. Many of us will be glad to say ‘we knew Christian Harris when’ in the future. No doubt she will make a significant impact in Ohio.”

Christina Harris
Columbus, Ohio
Psychology Major