During the 2018 Days of Discovery, Kayla Vasilko presented her research on the impact of shyness, anxiety and stress on college students’ grades, success, self-esteem and overall health as well as interventions that can help limit these negative impacts.
Vasilko ’21 is a current undergraduate student in the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences and the Honors College, pursuing a major in English and considering a minor in psychology or social work. She first became interested in delving deeper into student research during her freshman project for Honors cohort 1 last year. “It really helped challenge me and bring me out of my shell, said Vasilko. “I found that it brought me closer to the project, which was already personal, and got me interested in research outside of the project itself.” Her faculty mentor on this project is Dr. Heather Fielding, Associate Dean, Honors College and Associate Professor of English. Vasilko attributes her success to Fielding’s insight and encouragement throughout the project.
While participating in Days of Discovery, Vasilko was able to use her communication skills to share the results of her research with the broader PNW community. “This research project is very important to me because I am a shy person myself,” said Vasilko. “As my research shows, a lot of people are affected just as I am; discovering that was possibly just as helpful as some of the solutions and coping mechanisms listed in the study.”
Vasilko continues to excel through her leadership activities. She currently serves as a student mentor and Community Involvement committee chair in the Honors College. She has conducted three projects during her time at PNW, so please check out her presentation at Days of Discovery on April 2-3, 2019.