My name is Zomely Grullon, or Zo for short. I’m a double major in Psychology and Writing and Rhetoric, graduating a semester early in December 2015, and am currently applying to Grad Schools to study Clinical Psychology. When I first arrived at URI, I was completely unsure of what career I wanted to pursue- all I knew was that I wanted to write and work with people. In my quest to find my calling, I stumbled upon the Writing and Rhetoric department during my freshman year. Although I knew little about rhetoric, the program sounded appealing; I had always felt I was destined to be a writer. Through these classes I learned about the power of discourse and rhetorical situations, and realized that what I really wanted was to understand people- their thoughts, behaviors and emotions, as well as my own. It was then that I discovered my second passion, psychology.
Psychology is the understanding of communication, thoughts and behaviors, while rhetoric is the assessment of situations to find what form of communication works best. Writing itself is a cognitive process- everything we do carries meaning and has an effect. Discourse is an act- it carries weight and evokes a reaction. Understanding the relationship between writing and psychology has helped me advance in both fields. Over the past two years I have interned throughout the Northeast in a social services office, as an in therapy sessions translator between the patient and the psychologist, and as a behavior specialist. Working in the field of psychology, it’s crucial to know how to address people in a way that is non-threatening but still effective, and even more important to understand them. By incorporating everything I’ve learned from W&R, I’m able to understand patients more, analyze and record data, and even better understand myself. All of the courses I’ve taken have helped me find my calling.