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Additional Considerations

While your GPA, letters of recommendation, GRE scores and background of research involvement are probably the most critical factors determining admission to graduate school, there are other opportunities you may want to consider.

Enrolling the Honors Program: Participating in the Psychology Honors Program and/or the University Honors Program can not only enhance your undergraduate education, but it will be viewed favorably by those who consider your application to graduate school.

Community Involvement: Psychology majors enhance their understanding of the field by becoming involved in community volunteer work. Many of the human service agencies, hospitals, churches, school-based intervention programs, shelters, and crisis centers in the Memphis area provide opportunities for you to apply the lessons of psychology by working with real people and their problems. Not only does such involvement give you a "real world" experience of contributing to the betterment of people's lives, but is also provides a valuable "reality check" for you to see whether a career in a helping profession really fits your personality and life objectives. The Mental Health Association of Memphis and Shelby County (323-0633) can provide you with the names and numbers of agencies that are eager to discuss training and volunteer opportunities to match your interest.

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