Chris Melin '89, Double major in psychology and art
"I graduated in 1989 with a double major in psychology and art. I knew I wanted to go on to graduate school and Salem State offered the curricula I needed. I was always interested in psychology and art, individually, and then became intrigued by how they are related. I planned on a career in art therapy where I could combine my interests.
Currently, I work as the assistant to MSCA's Statewide Grievance Officer. Completing an honors thesis at Salem State was a huge advantage for me in graduate school. The experience of designing, completing and presenting an independent research project was invaluable. Through my art courses, I gained exposure to a variety of media, which is essential for an art therapist. My psychology courses provided a solid theoretical background that I drew on constantly when developing my clinical skills. This foundation continued to serve me well throughout the additional opportunities I've had in the fields of research and administration, as well as in my current position.
I had so many fantastic experiences at Salem State. I think if I had to choose, I'd say the best experience was connecting with so many wonderful people. I made lifelong friends and mentors. The faculty, librarians and staff were always extremely supportive and professional. I gained so much confidence. Being a student at Salem State had a profound impact on who I am today, and for that I'm extremely grateful."