Brandolyn Fluke '08

by Nicole Ainsworth ”09

The Psychology of Community
The close-knit town of Poultney, Vermont, is a far cry from Brandolyn Fluke’s hometown of Alexandria, VA, a bustling city just outside Washington D.C. It was a big transition to come to GMC – and a journey of over 600 miles – but it’s here that this senior psychology major has discovered her passion for the study of community and culture.

Brandolyn first became interested in psychology because it breaks down human nature and behavior—two subjects that interest her greatly. “Most people think of Freud or psychoanalysis when they think of psychology,” Brandolyn explains, “but it’s so much more than that. I’m interested in community, in the psychology of community, in how people view their community. I’m interested in how cultures form and how they contribute toward society.”

Eventually, Brandolyn would like to get her master’s degree in community and culture, focusing not on clinical psychology but on policy change. She developed this interest thanks in large part to some influential psychology classes she has taken over the past couple of years. One such class – the psychology of aging -- drastically changed her point of view on how the elderly are treated in our culture. “In other cultures, the elderly are honored for their wisdom, yet here they are practically discarded,” Brandolyn says.

The psychology of mental health facilities is another realm Brandolyn would like to explore. This interest stems from a positive psychology class, when she learned about how much the environment can affect mental health. After visiting a facility, she began to see the potential issues with the extreme sterility and unfriendly architecture she found there. “It makes me wonder—can these people really get better when they aren’t surrounded by an environment that evokes warmth and friendliness?”

Another topic she’s curious about? Adoption and alternative families. She’s especially interested in the process, and why it is so difficult to adopt children when there are so many who need homes in this country today.

While Brandolyn has some distinct long-term goals, she is still unsure about the immediate future. She hopes to take some time off before getting her master’s degree—some time that may even involve working here at Green Mountain College. “I’m not sure, though,” she ruminates. “I just love the people here.”

 
Women's Softball
Thursday, 4/17
at MCLA, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, 4/19
vs. Mitchell College, 2 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
Thursday, 4/17
at Middlebury College, 4 p.m.

Saturday, 4/19
vs. St. Joe's of Connecticut, 2 p.m.

Men's Lacrosse
Monday, 4/14
at Becker College, 2 p.m.

Thursday, 4/17
vs. Johnson State, 4 p.m.

Men's Tennis
Tuesday, 4/15
at Castleton State, 4 p.m.

Thursday, 4/17
at Johnson State, 3 p.m.

Saturday, 4/19
vs. Lyndon State, 1 p.m.


WEEK AT A GLANCE


MONDAY, APRIL 14
Spanish Conversation Table
12 - 1 p.m., Buttery

Power Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Studio

Belly Dancing
7 - 8 p.m., Bogue Studio

Student Colloquium:
Olesea Cojohari & MiJin Jang

4 - 5 p.m., YES Coffeehouse

TUESDAY, APRIL 15
Quality of Life Series:
Shirley Oskamp

12 - 1 p.m., Gorge Atrium

Meditation
2:30 - 3 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Yoga Fundamentals
4:30 - 6 p.m., Bogue Studio

Student Colloquium:
Evan Miller & Jennifer Conrad

4 - 5 p.m., YES Coffeehouse

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16

Career Services On-the-Move
12 - 1 p.m., Withey Lobby

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
12 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Power Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Studio

GreenMAP: Ski Shuttle
to Killington

Meet at 8 a.m. at GreenMAP

Student Colloquium:
Ben Jankowski & Kait Petros

4 - 5 p.m., YES Coffeehouse

Cosy Sheridan
7 p.m., Gorge

THURSDAY, APRIL 17
Massage Therapy & Reflexology
12 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Earth Week Celebration
Various events across campus

Student Colloquium:
Molly Austin & Rebecca Slutzky

4 - 5 p.m., YES Coffeehouse

FRIDAY, APRIL 18
Healing Yoga
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.,
Bogue Studio

Meditation
2:30 - 3 p.m., Ackley Chapel

Earth Week Celebration
Various events across campus

Earth Week Keynote Speaker:
Adam Sherman

1 p.m., Gorge

Young Alum Earth
Week Gathering

Various events across campus

GMC Community & Concert Band Performance
7:30 p.m., Ackley Theatre

Veggie Club Meeting
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Pollock

SATURDAY, APRIL 19
Young Alum Earth
Week Gathering

Various events across campus

Earth Week: Spring Farm Day
10 a.m., Cerridwen Farm

Spring Festival 2008
12 - 9 p.m., Moses Lawn

Spring Concert 2008
One Mighty Seed
4 p.m., Moses Lawn

Toots & the Maytals
7 p.m., Moses Lawn

Saengerfest Concert
7 p.m., Ackley Theatre



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