Victoria Barrios, an applied psychology major at the Monroe Campus, chose her major because she has an interest in the field, and she wants to be able to help other people who struggle to overcome mental health issues, as she once did.

A resident of Saylorsburg, Barrios enrolled at Northampton Community College because of its close-knit community aspect and because she had heard how excellent the programs and majors were at the College.

She is enjoying her program. “The things I like most about my applied psychology courses are the hands – on approach to learning important things like motivational interviewing and writing DAP (data, assessment and plan) notes. I also like all the people I have been able to meet in my classes because it allows me to learn more about others and create lasting bonds to constantly learn from each other in the applied psychology classes/program,” she says.

In addition to her classes, Barrios is a member of Psi Beta, a national honor society for psychology students, and the Active Minds club. “These clubs really gave me a chance to meet some amazing people/friends and has aided me in coming out of my shell,” she says.

Barrios’s hobbies are crocheting and reading true crime books.

Ultimately, she plans to become a mental health therapist.

Victoria Barrios/Photo by Randy Monceaux