Cor Story: Psychology Major Aims to Help Veterans

"Cor" Story: Psychology Major Hopes to Help Veterans Reacclimate to Civilian Life 

 

The University of Dallas Cor Fund provides scholarships to hundreds of UD students. We are sharing some of their stories. Donations to the Cor Fund come from alumni, parents and friends of UD.

For the past two summers, Laura Talbot, BA '14, has interned at military hospitals near her home in Virginia. As a psychology major with concentrations in industrial/organizational psychology and in business, she hopes to help soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) transition from military hospitals back into civilian life and employment.

Talbot came to UD from Virginia for college because she felt that to receive the holistic, balanced psychology training she wanted, she needed to attend a Catholic institution rather than a state school.

"I just fell in love with UD," she said. "The main obstacle was the distance, since it was so far from home."

Although Talbot's ultimate goal is to work with veterans, her range of interests is illustrated by her concentrations: industrial/organizational psychology is a field of psychology that deals with human resources, from helping employers with recruiting tools to employee satisfaction and work/life balance. A combination of business and psychology, it's taught by professors from both disciplines.

"I love the business program here," Talbot said. "That's why my other concentration is in business."

Outside of class, Talbot is president of the Psychology Club, so she assists with planning psychology talks and other events. She is also co-chair of the student government senior committee, which is responsible for the senior gift.

When she needs a complete break from studies and UD-related activities, Talbot loves to go two-stepping. She also likes to find a variety of events taking place in the D/FW area to attend so she can experience different things: for example, she recently went to the Chinese Lantern Festival at Fair Park in Dallas.

Talbot wants to eventually move home to Virginia to be near her family, but otherwise she's receptive to where her future might take herpossibilities that seem wide open due to her education and experiences at UD, which in turn were made possible by the Cor Fund.

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