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It is the comprehensive Bethel education both inside and outside of the classroom that will have a lasting and profound impact on my future
— Josh Chittum ’09

Lupita Gonzalez

Hometown: Newton, Kansas
Major: Psychology and Business Administration
Class of 2014

Lupita Gonzalez was accepted to the National Science Foundation- sponsored research program at Oklahoma State for the summer of 2012. Lupita was chosen out of a group of 500 applicants to participate in the program.

What is your major? Why did you choose it?
I declared a Business Administration major my freshman year because I took business classes in high school. It was something I was good at and I enjoyed it. However, during my first semester at Bethel, I took General Psychology with Dwight, and I loved it! I fell in love with everything that had to do with Psychology! I declared my double major my first semester of my sophomore year at Bethel.
What brought you to Bethel?
Many factors influenced my decision to attend Bethel. Since I went to Newton High School, I grew up hearing about Bethel. My parents knew that Bethel had good academic programs so they really pushed for me to come here. Also my two best friends, Erin Bradley and Jennifer Scott, are both Mennonite and they decided to come to Bethel. So they tried to get me to come. After a lot of begging, I finally gave in to them and came for a campus visit my junior year. After seeing the small campus and how much attention the professors gave their students, I was mostly convinced that Bethel was the right school for me. Academics had always been my top priority so finding a college with a good academic reputation and professors that cared about the success of their students was very important. The two deciding factors were the scholarships I received and the fact that I convinced my best friend Ingrid to join me!
What activities have you been involved with on campus?
I was a part of the Bethel College orchestra my freshman and sophomore year. I’m currently a member of the Student Alumni Association. I’m also a member of the Student Advisory Council for the Business & Economics department and the president of the Multicultural Student Union.
How are you different now from when you first arrived on campus?
I’ve changed in many ways. When I first arrived I was a business major. I told everyone that I was never going to major in a science field. However, I’m now a Psychology major and I plan to go to grad school to obtain a Ph.D in Psychology. When I first arrived I didn’t know if Bethel was the right place for me. Now, I feel like I’ve found my place. I’ve become more involved, not only in academics, but in many other different activities.
What has been your favorite class so far and why?
General Psychology has been one of my favorite classes because it made me fall in love with psychology. Also, Abnormal Psychology is currently one of my favorite classes because the class really makes me think!
How were you selected for the NSF-sponsored research program?
I had to fill out an application online, consisting of multiple choice and short-answer questions. I also had to email an essay where I named three professors that I wanted to work with for the summer. I also sent in my transcript and a letter of recommendation from one of my professors. A couple of months later, I received an email from Dr. Kennison, who was the mentor I had as my top choice and who also happened to be in charge of the program, telling me that she would like me to work for her during the summer. Later, we were told that there had been around 500 applications from students all over the United States. Each mentor had to look at 50 applications and from those applications only 12 students were chosen for the program.
What kind of research were you involved with during your stay at Oklahoma State?
We studied the relationship between personality and interhemispheric transfer time. We looked at the time it takes participants to transfer information from one hemisphere to the other via the corpus callosum. We also looked at individual differences in personality and we tried to see if there was a relationship between personality and interhemispheric transfer time. We also tried to see if there were gender differences in the relationship between personality and interhemispheric transfer time.
Tell a quick story about a memorable moment from this summer at Oklahoma State.
It’s hard to pick a memorable moment because there were so many. The most memorable moments I had were with my good friends Gloria Sanin and Eric Schuppe. We would stay up really late working on our research, literature reviews or just wasting time eating and talking about many different things.
What does it mean to be a Thresher?
Being a Thresher means being passionate. When a Thresher begins to talk about what they do, they have a sparkle in their eyes. The passion they have for what they do is contagious; it drives them and motivates them to pursue their goals.