Dear Organizational Psychology MA Students,

Happy September and welcome or welcome back to TC's campus. This is my first newsletter in the 2018-2019 academic year. I send these monthly to our MA program community to communicate key program information, share interesting articles, spotlight student and alumni accomplishments, and the like. Feel free to let me know if there is anything you want highlighted in upcoming newsletters.
 
At Orientation last week, I shared some of our program's strengths and values and linked them to things going on in the world right now. There has never been a better time to know something about organizational psychology - we are needed everywhere! I also shared my best advice for you, advice I try to tell myself too. If you are interested, see my remarks here: MA Orientation 2018 Remarks
 
I have already enjoyed meeting, re-connecting and talking with many of you this month and I look forward to our continued work together this year. I am always heartened by the work we do at TC individually and collectively. Onward!
 
Warm regards,
 
Sarah
 
Sarah Brazaitis, PhD

Alumni Profile

Lina Trujillo is a 2017 MA program graduate. She is currently based in Colombia, working as Sr. Consultant in Human Capital for a Latin American consulting firm, Virtus Partners. Her work is mainly focused on family-owned enterprises under the scope of succession planning and leadership development, understanding family vs. organizational dynamics, and applying change management. 
 
 She is originally from Colombia where she studied and worked for some years before coming to TC. Her professional experiences led her to understand that organizations are more than the products or services they sell. For Lina, organizations are about people and what can be done to build workspaces where people are fulfilled, have the adequate resources to perform their roles, and seek constantly to adapt.
 
Lina arrived to Teachers College in 2016. As an international student, coming to New York was a challenge and a constant learning experience, both personally and professionally. Her intense routines in New York were characterized by seeking to get the best out of classes, being involved in OHDCC and GRCs, building a network of people with a variety of backgrounds, and exploring New York's arts, culture, streets and food.
 
When she is not working, Lina enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, and trying different foods. And off course, she craves and proudly looks back to her years in New York.
 
If you'd like to connect with Lina, feel free to so via LinkedIn.

Recommended Reading

This article discusses what some of us already know and some of us need to remember about the significant strengths of being an introvert:

 http://time.com/5373403/surprising-benefits-introvert/

 

Read this piece to learn about one of the latest tech disruptors, electronic scooters, and their pros and cons in big cities including our own:
 
Miserable at work and think you should quit? Listen to this podcast for a discussion of research regarding how to find meaning and purpose at work as a possible antidote to quitting. This one might fall into the category of "Love the One You're With":
https://www.npr.org/2018/07/30/634047154/you-2-0-dream-jobs

 

As always, with all these recommendations, don't hesitate to let me know what you think and/or to offer your own suggestions for possible inclusion in upcoming newsletters. I welcome your input.