When attending a professional school of psychology, keep in mind that a good school is more important in psychology than in most fields of study. You see, the theory of psychology can be taught, but psychology is more than theories, it is the study of the human mind, and a professor with both strong theoretical knowledge and good intutiting about the human condition is a necessity. Especially if you intend on doing clinical psychology, attend a professional school of psychology at a large university with a variety of different professors that you can work with and study under.

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Even if you’re not doing clinical psychology, a large professional school of psychology has quite a few advantages. One of them is that there are likely to be much better and more comprehensive facilities available, for research. A large university professional school of psychology will have sensory deprivation, sensors of all kinds, and of course a wide variety of professional computer perception tests that you can use to further research in your psychology school experience.

Another advantage of going to a big professional school of psychology is that there are more likely to be lots of courses in allied social science fields. Psychology has a considerable overlap with Linguistics, anthropology, sociology, biology, and a variety of other disciplines, and so it is invaluable that your professional school of psychology allows you to take classes in these related areas. A professional school of psychology which exists by itself independent of the social sciences is likely to be more insular and dogmatic, and not give you the same opportunity to grow and develop in your study of psychology. It is much more advantageous to be able to study with people with different approaches than those taught at a professional school of psychology, because they are likely to enrich and broaden your academic experience.

When I went to professional school of psychology, the most important thing I ever learned was not from any textbook. It was from my mentor, Professor Ericks. She told me that psychology, at base, is only a way of enlarging and formalizing what we begin with through comunicating with other people and living in the world. She told me to always stay close to my observations of people, no matter how ordinary, because they would guide me in psychology. It is this human approach that a good professional school of psychology will convey to the student.