University life presents students with all sorts of challenges as well as amazing opportunities for learning and growth. While there are many different ways to define a “successful student,” the goal of this seminar is for everyone to develop the knowledge, skills, and mindset needed to make the most of out of the university experience.
Students will discover what research in psychological science has to say about facing and overcoming common academic, intrapersonal, and interpersonal challenges, as we cover topics including deliberate practice, imposter syndrome, and belongingness.
Students will also learn evidence-based strategies for better managing their attention, energy, and emotions so that they may thrive (rather than just survive) in university.
In addition to learning about psychology, students will develop useful skills in scientific literacy, critical thinking, self-reflection, written and oral communication, and teamwork.
Get to know the professor
NAME: Suzanne Wood
INNIS FYF SEMINAR I WILL BE TEACHING IN 2020-2021: PSY199H1F: Psychology and History of Drug Use
HOMETOWN: San Diego, CA
THE LAST GREAT MOVIE I SAW WAS: BlackkKlansman
MY ACTUAL FAVOURITE MOVIE: Does the GLOW Netflix series count?
THE SONG I HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW: Jericho Sirens (by Hot Snakes)
FOOD DRINK: Coffee
GUILTY PLEASURE: Pastries (I used to work at a bakery).
I AM SURPRISINGLY VERY GOOD AT: Roller skating
A FUN FACT ABOUT MYSELF: I’ve lived with 32 different roommates over the years.
MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TEACHING: Sharing & discussing ideas.
WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE MY CLASS: The brain is cool. Learning is cool. Plasticity is cool.
Drugs are cool. Drugs are interesting!
WHAT I WANT MY STUDENTS TO KNOW: You’re learning how to think here at U of T, so your past shouldn’t determine your future career (you have options!).
A COOL FACT ABOUT MY FIELD OF STUDY: Neuroscience & Psychopharmacology are always evolving with new discoveries.
SOME FINAL WORDS: I ask my students in PSY396 to draw pictures of themselves on the first day of class – this is appropriate payback!