After graduating from Washington College in Chestertown, MD with a BS in Psychology, I knew that pursuing an MS in Psychology at Villanova would be the best way for me to gain more research experience and strengthen my knowledge of the field of psychology before applying to doctoral programs. I was honored to receive a full assistantship from Villanova, which has provided me with the opportunity to develop close professional relationships with faculty members and conduct exciting research in our labs. I have also benefited from opportunities to apply for grants and fellowships to support my research and conference travel. While broadening my knowledge about the field of psychology in class, I have also been able to focus my interests while conducting my thesis research on changes in memory that accompany healthy aging. Additionally, I have been able to develop my leadership skills as one of the presidents of the Villanova chapter of Psi Chi, the psychology honors society. This program has not only helped me to formulate my goals, but it has also provided me with the experience, tools, and confidence to enable me to achieve them.