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Professional Portfolio
Ashlee Todd
Argosy University, Seattle

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PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO 2
Personal Development
Throughout my undergraduate career, there have been several things that I have learned.
Argosy has well prepared me for further studies into the world of psychology. Undergraduate
studies are the foundation for the introduction of psychology. They pave the way for information
to be developed in future studies. Undergraduate degrees, like Argosy provides, include several
papers that cover all aspects of psychological development. All I have learned throughout this
course has developed greatly from the first time I wrote a paper. My skills in writing and
psychological development have greatly increased. This opportunity to reflect on what I have
learned as a student of psychology will serve as a vital resource for future studies in Graduate
school. As I have developed my work has also developed and gotten better. With the following,
the purpose is to assess the development of my skills in psychology.
In regards to cognitive abilities, I have developed my skills very well. One particular
assignment I can think of is an assignment that was written for my Psychology 498 Class. This
class required me to think critically and understand the causes of crime and look deeper into the
criminal behavior. I feel as if this paper really had me thinking outside the box as far as critical
thinking goes. I feel that I analyzed the essential elements of the cause of crime and what it
means to be a criminal. Particularly in my conclusion, I saw my improvement in critical thinking.
I felt that my use of technical and psychological terms assisted me greatly. Argosy taught me
how to hone these skills by thinking critically and understanding that there is great need for
critical thinking within forensic psychology. I feel that one thing that could have been taught to
me better was more criticism on my final analyses.
Critical thinking requires knowledge and effective research. A very critical aspect of all
psychology papers includes the ability to do effective research that can relate to the topic.

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Anyone can research, but to research effectively can be difficult. One paper that reflects this is a
paper that was completed in my Humanities 200 class. In this class we examined the potential
consequences of lowering the drinking age. This class utilized the critical thinking skills
mentioned earlier to have us as students’ research effectively. I feel that the paper written on
lowering the drinking age in the U.S accurately demonstrated my improvement over my time at
Argosy. My references in this paper reflect my skills with research. Argosy taught me how to
utilize my resources and find quality research material. I feel well prepared to do quality work in
the future.
Another skill that I have developed is my communication abilities. Orally, I have always
been a good speaker. But, what really prepared me for my journey to Graduate school were my
written communication skills. In my Humanities 200 Class, I developed the skills to write a good
paper that could easily be translated into a presentation on lowering the drinking age. This
information was vital to the success of my paper and the success of learning. This paper reflects
my communication skills by the way I transitioned from paragraph to paragraph. One thing that I
felt was deeply improved was my association of research to my topic at hand. Argosy assisted me
with this by offering a Humanities class that nicely paired up with the psychology core.
Ethics and diversity are skills that can only be learned in the world of psychology. I have
learned so much in my classes in regards to ethical decisions and how they would impact a
client. This is why in my classes I have practiced them so much. In Psychology 498 I researched
the psychological causes of crime. I found that ethically, these cases must be handled with care.
The APA code of ethics (2002) does not designate between a criminal patient and a non-criminal
one. Therefore I have learned that ethics are critical no matter what branch of psychology one
uses. Argosy has prepared me for this by offering many different classes that show how ethics

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Professional PortfolioAshlee ToddArgosy University, SeattlePersonal DevelopmentThroughout my undergraduate career, there have been several things that I have learned. Argosy has well prepared me for further studies into the world of psychology. Undergraduate studies are the foundation for the introduction of psychology. They pave the way for information to be developed in future studies. Undergraduate degrees, like Argosy provides, include several papers that cover all aspects of psychological development. All I have learned throughout this course has developed greatly from the first time I wrote a paper. My skills in writing and psychological development have greatly increased. This opportunity to reflect on what I have learned as a student of psychology will serve as a vital resource for future studies in Graduate school. As I have developed my work has also developed and gotten better. With the following, the purpose is to assess the development of my skills in psychology. In regards to cognitive abilities, I have developed my skills very well. One particular assignment I can think of is an assignment that was written for my Psychology 498 Class. This class required me to think critically and understand the causes of crime and look deeper into the criminal behavior. I feel as if this paper really had me thinking outside the box as far as critical thinking goes. I feel that I analyzed the essential elements of the cause of crime and what it means t ...
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