My name is Samantha Kosziollek. To most people that's just a name. To some that name is a friend. To me...that name is a title for greatness. That name represents a diligent, determined, and charismatic individual striving for excellence. That name belongs to a young woman aspiring to become an advocate for those who do not have a voice.
That name belongs to me.
I am a Forensic Psychology BA/MA student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. I am a SASP peer success coach, a dean's list recipient, a scholar student-athlete, a member of three honor societies on campus (Psi Chi, Sigma Alpha Pi, and Phi Eta Sigma), and a psychology research assistant.
The research lab that I work in focuses on sex-trafficking and coercive control studies. In this lab, I am responsible for transcribing phone calls between pimps, the women exploited, and the solicitors. Additionally, I work with the rest of the research team to develop coding schemes for the various interactions documented. We determine what control tactics are being used by analyzing tone of voice, frequency of calls between certain people (and the context of them), and particular words/phrases used during these calls.
My passion for psychology stems from an AP class I took as a junior in high school. At the time, my instructor, Ms. Johnson, introduced this social science and its wide array of specializations in a lively and interactive way. Her incorporation of hands-on learning and her portrayal of connective videos opened my eyes to more than what the textbook ever could. I knew from then on that I wanted to pursue a career in psychology.
I chose to attend John Jay because of its mission for social justice. I want to be a part of the change seen in today's society. I want to be a partner for hope.
"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it."