Alternative Community Resource Program, Inc.
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Lorin Harris

Liberal Arts Major: Psychology
Minor: Sociology, Health Policy Administration
Hometown: Somerset, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

My internship experience at ACRP was an amazing hands-on opportunity to learn more about the field of mental health and psychological counseling care. I was able to shadow a variety of professionals, such as BCM/CMs, therapists, psych nurses, psychiatrists, and BHTs. I was even able to earn my certificate to be a BHT-ABA after 40 hours of training. This internship allowed me to work with ASD children and families and obtain an entire new perspective on the importance of social and mental health and the ways in which we can be advocates for clients who seek help.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience was like the missing piece to my education. Everything that I learned in my classes here at Penn State came to life when put in the field--I was able to understand and explore concepts that had been merely theories and case studies in a textbook before this summer. I feel as though my internship has given me a more well-rounded understanding of my field in the real world, and will therefore give me an advantage in my academics because it is more tangible now.

"Everything that I learned in my classes here at Penn State came to life when put in the field--I was able to understand and explore concepts that had been merely theories and case studies in a textbook before this summer."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience genuinely laid the groundwork for the rest of my career. It gave me the confidence and assurance that I needed that my desired career, being a therapist/counselor, is my calling. By being so young and already having the opportunity to work directly with my community, it gave me all the more passion and determination to further my education and work to be alongside the professionals of mental health someday.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts, specifically my professors, advisers, and the enrichment fund I was awarded, have been my biggest supports here at Penn State so far. Without the interesting and engaging classes I've been able to take with wonderful professors, I might not even have a passion for psychology at all. My adviser has also helped me succeed with always answering questions and getting me on the right track to have fruitful semesters. And of course, the enrichment fund I was awarded helped aid me through costs of travel, food, and materials all summer during my internship. "It takes a village," and the people of Penn State have been nothing short of that for me.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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