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Grad Students: A Class of Their Own

Richard at a table
Richard Yentes teaches an undergraduate course in social psychology. (Becky Kirkland photo)

-Written by Katherine LeRoy

Walking into the classroom for the first meeting of her social psychology course last semester, Taylor Straub was surprised to see a young man at the front of the room, writing on the white board. Surprise quickly turned to apprehension when she learned that her instructor, Richard Yentes, is a graduate student.

Straub, a senior majoring in psychology, worried that Yentes might be unprepared to lead the class. As she listened to him go over the syllabus, she mentally prepared herself for a rough semester.

Luckily, Straub’s fears never materialized.

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