Seara Ontiveros

Seara Ontiveros




Sociology, Child, Youth, and Family Studies (CEHS)

Grand Island, NE

Why you chose your major

Sort of metaphorically speaking, but I like to think of people as clay; essentially every person ever has learned behavior and ways of thinking and if problem areas arise in the life of that individual, professional help can potentially shape those cognitions and behaviors and mold them in the most positive way possible. It excites me knowing that with my major and the track I'm on, I may someday be that professional and offer my help to the world.

Favorite course

Brain and Behavior Psychology because this course made me realize how much of a role our brain plays on human behavior. It gave me insight into an area of psychology that I had not yet been exposed to and I really enjoyed learning about the connections between our neurons and nervous system. This course gave me an appreciation to the fact that there is more to an individual that meets the eye.

Research, education abroad, or internship experience

I currently hold an internship as an On-Call Youth Psychological Specialist at Hope Spoke which focuses on treating children ages 4-12 with psychological and behavioral disorders through an extended day program. I am able to gain experience by working alongside clinical and counseling psychologists in aiding in self-regulation, problem solving and social skills, talk-therapy, and other techniques.

Other involvement

I have a position with the B-Smart (Biobehavioral Substance Mechanisms and Related Treatments) research team where I am responsible for administering cognitive tasks, running participants, and interpreting data. This involvement demands commitment and leadership as I am being trusted to do my job correctly and hold very important lab information.

Why you chose Nebraska

I was on track since the eighth grade to come to UNL as I accepted a full-ride scholarship to the University. However, when visiting campus, I felt at home as the community was very welcoming and I was excited to be a part of Husker football.

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