Student Profile: Jenae Todd
Marion senior Jenae Todd plans to do big things with her psychology major.
“I really like finding applications for psychology,” she says. “That’s why I plan to go to graduate school for counseling. I want to help people function in their lives better and be the best that they can possibly be.”
At Alma College, Todd enjoys the personal connections that she makes with her classmates and professors. In particular, she says she appreciates how Tom Batchelder, assistant professor of psychology and a practicing psychologist, helps her acquire the skills that she will need to be a successful counselor.
“At Alma, you don’t feel like a number,” she says. “You’re a student whose presence in a class really matters. Dr. Batchelder’s expertise really helps me see the connections between what I’m learning in my textbook and my future career. I also feel that I’ve had opportunities here to make strong connections with professors like him that will really help me as I begin to apply for graduate schools or jobs.”
Though psychology may be the field Todd sees herself pursuing professionally, the lifelong choir member stays in tune with a second major in music. A member of the Alma Choir, Pretty in Plaid, and Off Kilter, her passion for music helped her earn a stamp on her passport.
“This past Spring Term, the Alma Choir toured Ireland for two weeks, and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life,” she says. “I loved experiencing a culture that’s similar to our own but also very different. We saw so many beautiful things and performed in a lot of old churches, which was very cool.”