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What is Health and Human Development?

Diverse fields of study that share one
common goal: enriching the lives of others.

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HDFS dual-Ambassadors, Caroline Horn and Kavya Iyer
Caroline Horn

Caroline Horn

4th-Year Student

My name is Caroline and I am a fourth year student with a double major in HDFS and Early Childhood Education. I am currently in the process of conducting my research for my honors thesis for the Schreyer Honors College. I am a research assistant for Dr. Sunny Bai, and am working on research about family cohesion and its impact on children’s connectedness to school.

I work part-time at a local preschool in State College as an assistant teacher and hope to teach pre-k or kindergarten once I graduate. This summer I will be teaching a social-emotional enrichment program for the children at my center who are going into kindergarten. On the weekends, I volunteer and care for cats at the Centre County PAWS animal shelter.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, spending time with friends and family, and being outside. I also like to craft, paint and crochet! My favorite Penn State memory is my first time in Beaver Stadium as a freshman. My favorite creamery ice cream flavor is grilled stickies!

Kavya Iyer

Kavya Iyer

2rd-Year Student

Hi! My name is Kavya Iyer and I am majoring in both Human Development and Family Studies along with Psychology here at Penn State. Outside of academics, I enjoy playing tennis, reading, and traveling.

I am excited about being an ambassador for HDFS because I want people to know about its opportunities, and its content. I think this a very unique program here at Penn State, and I want people to become aware of and interested in it like I did. In the future, I want to be a child psychologist for abused children while advocating for mental health awareness.

This initiative highlight’s our Human Development and Family Studies major through the eyes of Caroline and Kavya. We encourage you to follow them, comment on posts, ask questions, and even offer to provide your own experience as a student.

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