BETHANY, W.Va. – Seven Bethany College Psychology Club students and their advisor, Dr. T. Gale Thompson, spent nine days in Greece this summer. Students attending the trip were Rachael Bell of Mt. Pleasant, Pa., Elisa Gumm of Weirton, W.Va., Josh Montgomery of Toronto, Ohio, Bianca Barnabei of Weirton, W.Va., Joey Williams of Lore City, Ohio, Jessica Shaffer of Wellsburg, W.Va., and Megan Ferda of New Athens, Ohio. The group spent four days on Santorini Island and five days in Athens.
Psychology-related activities included visiting and touring a mental hospital in Athens. Students also wrote about their experiences in Greece and how it related to psychological concepts.
Thompson said, "Travel in and of itself is educational and all the students found their interaction with another culture beneficial and meaningful in terms of broadening their view of the world and themselves."
The Psychology Club is comprised mainly of psychology majors who meet weekly as a social group for the advancement of psychology on the Bethany campus. The club conducts several volunteer projects every year, including Adopt-A-Highway and Adopt-A-Grandparent, visiting local nursing homes, participating in canned food drives for the Salvation Army, and presenting recent movies to the Bethany community. They also host a yearly banquet for the members of Psi Chi, a national psychology honors society, as well as supporting workshops on various psychological topics and maintaining the Psychology Lounge in Kirkpatrick Hall.