Sara Hertzel graduated from Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in December 2014. Sara always felt a strong interest in the field of Psychology, but it was her experience at Temple that is responsible for her developing a passion for Psychology, specifically Clinical Psychology, and more importantly for providing a foundation and direction for her current career goals and aspirations. Despite being primarily interested in the clinical aspect of Psychology, Sara deliberately broadened her Psychology repertoire and strengthened her skills through taking Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, and Cognitive Psychology courses. Her undergraduate career culminated within just 3.5 years on Dean’s List.
In addition to dedicating herself to her studies, she was also an active member of the Equestrian Club from freshman year through senior year. She served on the club’s officer board for two years, as Social Chair during her sophomore year and Vice President during her junior year. Being an officer of the Equestrian Club was a huge time commitment on top of her academic responsibilities, but one that she would never take back. The club not only provided an outlet to compete in the sport she loves most, but also allowed her to meet her closest friends, strengthen skills in sportsmanship, leadership, time management, and ability to work productively and sociably with the other officers — a group of individuals with varied personalities. These are skills that will inevitably benefit her along her path to becoming a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
After Sara’s sophomore year, she spent the summer studying abroad at the Temple University Rome campus: an experience she is extremely grateful for and one that she strongly recommends taking advantage of during one’s time at Temple. Immersing herself in a foreign country undoubtedly gave her an increased sense of independence and the confidence to jump into any opportunity that may come her way.
During Sara’s junior year, Sara started working as a Research Assistant at the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorder Clinic. There she realized her interest in the research side of Psychology, allowing for the development of a strong research foundation. However, Sara had always desired working with a slightly older, young adult population, so she obtained an internship at Penn Foundation’s Recovery Center, where she was introduced to drug and alcohol intervention and treatment. This was an extremely eye-opening experience because of the imperative need for research in drug treatment, especially in cases of opioid addiction. Sara developed a passion in helping this clinical population in a way she had not previously experienced.
Sara is currently doing research through the National Institutes of Health’s Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). She is eager to utilize the education and experiences she gained at Temple University as she collaborates with many brilliant scientists to find preventative measures and treatments for drug use and addiction. Sara will be working at NIDA for two years before applying to Ph.D. Clinical Psychology programs. Sara plans on being in academia for the long haul, but feels confident that she is up for the challenge with her Temple University education backing her every step of the way.
“For what it’s worth…It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again” – F. Scott Fitzgerald