Why Study Psychology in Vienna? WVPU’s Raluca Termure Shares Her Story
March 13, 2023
Webster Vienna Private University (WVPU) student Raluca Termure has always been "people person," a quality that has helped her shine in the psychology department and Student Government Association (SGA).
Originally from Romania, Termure is a fourth-year psychology student whose graduation is just around the corner.
"I’m an extrovert and very socially involved, and I think this is what drew me to psychology," Termure said. "To me, psychology is simply the 'science of people,' so it felt like the degree is a perfect fit for me."
Vienna—the city where Sigmund Freud lived for much of his life—has been the perfect place for to study psychology, Termure said.
"I really like the faculty of the Webster Vienna psychology department. You can tell that they are very passionate about their profession," she said. "They always try to involve practical learning in the curricula, which makes a lot of sense, especially for our field. I’ve learned how to do screening exercises, counseling sessions, embodiment exercises, how to give a seminar, how to do different mental health assessments, and so on.
“It’s just great to be learning from people who have so much experience in their field, and who can teach you things that are not in a textbook. I also like the fact that our department is not that big, because this gave me a chance to get to know most of the other psychology majors and learn in a more close-knit environment.”
After her graduation this spring, Termure plans to study two subfields of psychology: industrial-organizational psychology and forensic psychology. She is applying to master’s programs in both subjects, with the ultimate goal of completing two degrees and combining both fields as a profession.
In terms of campus life, Termure is among the more engaged and active students on campus. Throughout her years at Webster Vienna, she has become as involved as possible in student opportunities. She is the president of the WVPU Psychology Club; frequently attends on-campus lectures and networking events; and is the events officer for the Student Government Association (SGA). Termure has also served as a departmental trainee (a work-study opportunity offered at WVPU) for the marketing department and is currently the Student Resource Center trainee and member of the Webster Vienna LEADS Program.