Clinical Psychology Graduate Student
Psychology Major, Music and Gender and Women's Studies Minors
While a student at Knox, Arianna Timko '11 pursued both undergraduate
research and social activism in the areas of her interests: sexuality, sexual violence
and survivor advocacy. Having recently graduated with a master's in rehabilitation
counseling and psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she is beginning work on her Psy.D. in clinical psychology, with an emphasis on neuropsychology, at Roosevelt University in Chicago. In the meantime, she will be working as a clinical supervisor at the Wediko Children's Services Summer Program in Windsor, New Hampshire.
How has your Knox experience affected the course of your life?
Knox shaped the way I learn. I think that's the biggest gift it has left me with. Not only did I leave full of information, but with the skill of learning by critical analysis and through an intersectional framework. The friends and mentors I made at Knox are life-long, and I feel incredibly grateful for the relationships I have with such socially aware, engaged, creative, ambitious individuals.
How has your Knox experience made an impact on your career?
My Knox experience impacted my career through my academic, extra-curricular, and volunteer experiences. My studies in psychology and Gender and Women's Studies, coupled with my internship and volunteer experiences in relationship and sexual violence prevention and response, and my student leadership at the Human Rights Center have all shaped my decision to focus my graduate studies and clinical work on the neuroendocrine, psychological, and disability outcomes of abuse-related trauma. Without the intersection of all of those experiences, I would not be able to view my work and other social justice issues through multiple lenses and at the micro and macro level.
What's the most important thing you learned at Knox outside the classroom?
Knox taught me about activism -- how to meet people where they're at while also challenging them to move closer to a place of inclusion, equality, and community accountability. It also taught me that it's okay to make mistakes and test boundaries as a part of a process of community change or advancement, which is a continuous practice.
Describe a memorable class, experience, or professor and the impact it had on you.
There are so many courses that I will always remember (Environmental Racism, Human Sexuality, Dreaming, Philosophies of Education, and Music and Death, just to name a few) and that continue to influence my academically, professionally, and personally. Participating in Clinical Psychology Term as a junior solidified my career goals and gave me invaluable clinical experience as an intern at Safe Harbor Family Crisis Center that my colleagues now did not have access to until graduate school. The experiential learning component of the term consisted of collaboration between the Knox Psychology Department and local community agencies in Galesburg, which provided students with mentors and opportunities for growth both within and beyond our academic experience in the classroom.
What surprised you about Knox?
Two things: 1. I assumed the level of intelligence and motivation of students at Knox would inevitably create a competitive atmosphere in the classroom. Incredibly, I saw students and faculty at Knox actively working against academic competitiveness and instead promoting collaboration and community celebration of individuals' success. 2. My perception of Knox, prior to my first term, consisted of two groups of constituents: students and faculty. I highly underestimated the investment, dedication, and passion of the staff members and Board of Trustees of the College. Some of my greatest mentors during my time at Knox were staff who repeatedly went above and beyond their job duties to support students and contribute to the betterment of the College. My experience as a student representative on the Presidential Search Committee, which elected Dr. Amott, gave me insight into how alumni and trustees of the College are impacted by their Knox experiences long after their college years have ended.