Student spotlight: Judy Lee applies knowledge to make the community a better place

Judy Lee, class of 2017

Degree: double major in psychology and social behavior and education sciences

Hometown: most recently, Chino Hills, California

Why did you choose UCI’s School of Social Ecology?

I was initially interested in the School of Social Ecology because it offers majors that are unique to UCI. The Department of Psychology and Social Behavior's aim to understand human behavior through an interdisciplinary approach encouraged my decision to study that topic.

What was the most interesting accomplishment or thing you did while at UCI?

One of my most memorable experiences while attending UCI was interning with Senator Barbara Boxer’s Washington D.C. office through the UCDC program. I was able to see how the Senate functions by attending committee hearings, handling constituent phone calls, and drafting statements for the Congressional Record.

What is your favorite thing about UCI?

I love that UCI offers so many opportunities to meet students’ diverse interests and needs. There is both the welcoming environment of the large UCI community, and the chance to be part of a smaller community of people who share similar interests. I’m so grateful for all the opportunities to be involved in research, campus ministry, and on-campus employment.

What advice would you give to new, incoming Anteaters?

Take initiative! There are plenty of available opportunities if you take the time to seek them out. Be mindful that any experience can be used to further develop new skills. Just do it! Don’t be afraid to try, whether it’s exploring personal interests or potential career pursuits. Use college as a time to get to know yourself and your talents.

Would you recommend that other potential students choose UCI’s School of Social Ecology? Why?

Definitely! The School of Social Ecology is committed to preparing students to become critical problem solvers, while providing opportunities to apply learned knowledge out in the community. Our faculty are leaders in research who genuinely have the best interest of the students at heart. I especially love the community of students who collaboratively make an effort to make a difference in people’s lives!

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I will be applying for graduate programs in occupational therapy this upcoming fall. During my gap year, I will be an in-home nanny to two amazing boys who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I will be focusing on implementing new therapies and working on daily living skills that develop independence.