I don't think my psychology major prepared me with much knowledge to be successful as a volunteer. However, it did equip me with the skills to understand context and people. Psychology shows you that everything is on a spectrum and there are many influences to behaviors and development. This was crucial to keep in mind when transitioning to life over there. Psychology taught me critical thinking skills which helped me immensely in being open-minded to learning about why people did certain things, engaged in particular behaviors, or would not change even if their approach seemed illogical. It taught me influence techniques but also how to keep the lens focused on my community so that my desires and opinions on what was best was kept in check. Having the ability to see big picture and look deep into context helped me build a close relationship with my community, be respectful, and most of all, be helpful.