A Postcard From: Tessa Warinner ’17

13006503_10208292047311495_2161196415123658569_nName: Tessa Warinner

Year: 2017

Major: Psychology

What’s happening? We’d love to hear how your internship is going!

I am a voluntary research assistant for three psychology professors at the University of Edinburgh for the summer. I will be spending a couple months working on their active studies (all in varying degrees of completion). I’m particularly enjoy working on collecting data for a study looking at the meat­eating paradox ­ how can the average person both eat meat, knowing it was once an animal and probably bred in inhuman conditions, but also think themselves a morally upstanding person? How are those two ideas allowed to coexist in the majority of people’s mind without causing distress or discomfort?

Why I applied for my internship:

This wonderful opportunity is what is called an “invisible internship.” It wasn’t advertised anywhere on the internet and did not exist until I proposed that it should. I studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh and got to know a couple of the professors. When I returned to Bryn Mawr and started to think about what I was going to do for the summer, I emailed them with an offer that I return and work for them for free. They were kind enough to accept. I hope to return to Edinburgh for a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. This opportunity has given me so much insight into the realities of research and how to think about starting my career in Scotland.

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