Kirstin Hissong

Alexi Callaway 
Montague, Michigan

Psychology major

Hometown: Montague, Michigan

Major: Psychology

Career goal: Professor and working in a pediatric psychiatric unit

Special honors: Nominated for National Honors Student of the Year at the National Collegiate Honors Council’s National Conference and Michigan Outstanding Community Impact Award

Senior Honors Project: “Preschool Children’s Understanding of Race and Gender”
Other research: “Communication in CHARGE Syndrome which is the leading cause of deafness and blindness.” Hissong also presented at the 11th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Service passions: Persons with disabilities, youth advocacy and LGBTQ issues
Other CMU involvement: Alternative Breaks, CMU Cheerleading, Honors Program student events coordinator and founder of the Honors Program Service-Palooza Conference

Value of CMU Honors Program: “The CMU Honors Program is more than an academically stimulating community – it’s a family you can always count on. This program helped me in ways words cannot describe. Without it I would not be where I am today.”

How Honors will help you postgraduation: “The Honors Program taught me the power and meaning of learning and knowledge. As I move forward, I will always challenge myself to be a lifetime learner.”