Ali Weis, ’19, a self-described “spiritual, open-minded vegan,” is a junior at Dublin School. She has always been interested in psychology, and, this trimester, she had the opportunity to conduct an Independent Study in Psychology with Ms. Alexandra Scalfano, Learning Specialist, and VLACS (Virtual Learning Academy, which provides free online high school classes to anyone living in New Hampshire). Scalfano, who has a M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work, met with Weis weekly to discuss what Weis was learning through her online coursework; additionally, Scalfano provided complementary readings and resources.
“I have always been interested in psychology and why people act the way they act,” says Weis. “Because Dublin doesn’t have a psychology course right now, I thought I could pursue it independently.”