In the fall, Xiaojin Natty Lin ’20 will pursue her master’s degree in the psychology of applied behavior analysis at the University of Southern California.
Lin graduated magna cum laude in psychology and economics at the Colleges. At USC, she will research and study services that improve the quality of life of individuals with autism and other developmental disorders. Lin will focus her studies on child development.
“Every single step I took during my four years at HWS and all the audacious attempts I made to expand my horizons have prepared me to attend grad school,” Lin says.
Lin is grateful for the mentorship she received from faculty. “All of the office hours, homework discussions and advising hours have provided me with resources for my career development,” she says. Her adviser, Instructor of Economics Jennifer Tessendorf, encouraged her to pursue opportunities such as applying for an internship, attending teaching fellow sessions and speaking up in class.
Lin also worked with Associate Professor of Psychology Jamie Bodenlos to select the right graduate program for her and to navigate the application process.
In addition, Lin took advantage of the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. “Career Services helped me get a job shadow position with alum Dr. Kristin Perrson’ 82, a licensed clinical psychologist in San Diego in 2018, which largely built up my interests in psychology and inspired me to pursue graduate study,” she says.
On campus, Lin worked in the William Smith Dean’s Office and Office of Admissions, as well as served as a theme house manager and the vice president of the Asian Student Union. She was a member of Hai Timiai Honor Society, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Psi Chi and Phi Beta Kappa. Lin was a choreographer and dancer in Koshare Dance Collective and a member of the Figure Skating Club.