Derek Blagojevic '15

March 25, 2014

Blagojivic, Dereck (2)Hometown: Cedar Lake, Ind.        

High School: Hanover Central

Major: Psychology

Minor: Criminal Justice

How are you getting real-life, hands-on experience?

I have a job for the summer of 2014 as the Aquatics and Recreational Program Manager for Genmove in Cedar Lake, Indiana. Genmove generates a fun and safe environment for local families and children while incorporating tourism and novel recreation to those outside the area. 

I owe my position to a few of SJC staff members, one being Ethan Avina for giving me the chance to work in the Event Services office at SJC and to work closely with Lake Banet (the lake on campus); another being Carey Monroe of the Career Development Center for helping me write a resume that showed my talents and why this position would suit me well.

Talking one-on-one with many professors has also taught me to have a professional conversation that also can be entertaining. Lastly, Developmental Psychology with Dr. Chau Wong helped me express my knowledge of the development of the brain to bring fun and educational games into all of the programs Genmove will be offering. 

I also interned with the Court Appointed Special Advocates. I learned about Child Neglect Cases and worked with the wonderful volunteers.  As a Psychology major, this was a good experience with case work and first-hand experience with the court system.

What activities or clubs are you involved in at SJC?

Puma Activities Council, Habitat for Humanity

Blagojevic, Derek '15How did you hear about SJC?

My cousin and a close family friend went to SJC.

Why did you choose SJC?

I chose SJC because it is close to home, smaller, more personal, and got me straight into my major. Other schools did not offer the chance to get into my major right away, and this way I could learn more in the same amount of time.

What are your plans for the future?

I currently am looking into graduate school. I would like to pursue a degree in clinical Psychology and Nutrition. I would like to travel abroad to work in an eating disorder clinic.

How do you feel about the Core Program?

The Core Program is great. It gets you straight into your major and helps you back up and create values and beliefs while keeping an open mind about others’ opinions and beliefs. It is amazing to have professors, such as Susan Chattin, who have experienced some of the cultures we learn about. The Core Program has helped me in other classes by giving me the necessary tools to create, comprehend, and explain ideas and materials.  

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