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Featured: Too Cool for School

September 23, 2019

By Brandon Rosas ’20

As an 18- to 24-year-old, you have a lot competing for your attention: sports, a significant other, Fortnite. What if your classes kept you as hooked as that Netflix series you’re streaming? According to our sources, these will:


Alexey Pronin, associate professor of physics, is a wizard,” says Daniel Sunvold ’20. “We start with some insane equation that twists your brain so much you get a migraine, then all of a sudden it comes full circle and all makes sense. He has really high expectations, but his classes are all so well structured and he’s always ready for clarification on some extremely hard material.”

Psychology of Gender

Abby Malecha ’22 broadened her perspective in Associate Professor of Psychology Randy Renstrom’s psychology elective. “It opened my eyes to many more perspectives about how people identify,” she says. Researching gender identities is still in its early stages compared to many other areas of research, so it was very interesting to look at some of the things psychologists are not analyzing.”

Jon Witt, professor of sociology

Social Problems

Jon Witt, professor of sociology, told us that this was a class where we would be looking at social problems, not social solutions,” says Grace Vaughn ’20. “What we learned in that class inspired me to be a part of working toward the solutions.”


“Lecturer of Psychology Karen Cleveland’s class was extremely intense with a lot of information,” says Marissa Hudson ’20. “But I learned so much and found it to be filled with examples to help me better understand the various mental disorders that are around us.”

How to Solve a Crisis: Role-Playing the Past to Solve Our Present

“When people think of role-playing, they think of plays and drama, but that couldn’t be further from the truth,” says John Dillon ’21.Susan Swanson, assistant professor of art, gave us fictional roles from a critical time period in history (such as pre-1776 New York City), and we debated each other in a winner-take-all game. I learned persuasive skills and historical facts while bonding with my classmates. I highly recommend it to all Central students.”

Lecturer of Psychology Dr. Karen Cleveland


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About the Author

Brandon Rosas ’20Hi! My name is Brandon Rosas ’20 and I am a communication studies major and art minor. I work as a student writer for Central Communications. Outside of class, I can usually be found drawing, watching Salsa dance videos or studying in the Maytag Student Center. I would love to hear from you!

Please contact me at rosasb1@central.edu with your questions about Central.