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MELISSA SANTOS, Stanford senior & aspiring educator :)




Major: Stanford SPLASH

College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Melissa is a fourth year at Stanford pursuing a major in health & developmental psychology, a minor in Spanish, and a master's in sociology. Her lifelong desire to be a teacher has led her to pursue education both inside the classroom and out. She works as a campus museum tour guide, a peer learning consultant with the Center for Teaching and Learning, and a research and teaching assistant in the psych department. She feels most like herself when working with preschoolers, biking around the Bay Area, making art or food with friends, and spending time at home with her family.



Past Classes

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X528: Hack your life! Time management and tackling procrastination in Rainstorm Fall 2020 (Dec. 05 - 06, 2020)
Got a lot on your plate? Join me for an interactive workshop where we strategize how to best make use of our time and find motivation. Emphasis on the psychology of procrastination, flexible planning, consistently using a planner/calendar, and of course, finding time for self-care.


S529: Psychology Mythbusters! in Rainstorm Fall 2020 (Dec. 05 - 06, 2020)
Do birds of a feather flock together? Do innocent people confess to crimes they didn't commit? Does birth order affect future life success? If these questions keep you up at night, join me for a crash-course in psychology myth busting! We'll cover a dozen myths and review the psychological studies that either support or bust them.


S598: Us vs Them: The Psychology of Prejudice in Rainstorm Fall 2020 (Dec. 05 - 06, 2020)
How do humans learn to discriminate? Why are we loyal to groups, whether it be our family, school, country, or home sports team? Discover the psychological insights into human divisiveness: we'll discuss stereotyping, implicit biases, social identity, and more, and apply this knowledge to key case studies and current events.


S599: The Psychology of Influence in Rainstorm Fall 2020 (Dec. 05 - 06, 2020)
Why do we listen to other people? What compels us to obey, to conform, or to compromise? Join me for an interactive lecture about the psychology of influence! We'll talk about key psychological studies that will help us understand why our behavior is so affected by others around us, and how the power of influence can be used for both bad and good.


A108: Photovoice: Our World from Your Eyes in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
In these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever to find ways to connect with each other, and photography is a In community-based research, the method of photovoice asks participants to photograph scenes in their daily life that express their point of view and represent what it's like to live in their communities. We're going to do exactly that: in this class, we'll take time to go around our homes (or through photo archives) to take photos that represent our perspectives on themes like gender, race, family, and belonging. Then, in small group discussions we'll use these curated photos to give each other a window into our respective worlds.