"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