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Daryl Ocampo

BA Candidate – Cognitive Development

Born and raised in the Philippines, Daryl and his family migrated to California when his mother was granted citizenship and successfully petitioned that her children be granted the same. At Gallatin, Daryl is focusing on adolescent cognitive development, with the aim of pursuing a graduate degree after graduation.

Professor Stephen Duncombe’s first-year interdisciplinary seminar “Social Constructions of Reality” greatly impacted Daryl’s developing approach to studying the human condition in addition to understanding our world and ourselves. He also credits former Gallatin faculty member Chinnie Ding and the first-year writing seminar “Working” with connecting him more closely to Gallatin’s Writing Program and the Great World Texts Program.

Daryl works as a research assistant in the Conceptual Development and Social Cognition Lab under psychology professor Marjorie Rhodes, studying the underlying mechanisms that aid children in developing categories. During his senior year he will plan his Colloquium in the fall, submit an undergraduate research project, and finish the year with an Honors Thesis in the spring. After Gallatin, he plans to do graduate work in Cognitive or Developmental Psychology.

Daryl Ocampo

I entered NYU with the ambiguous idea of studying the mind and what makes us human. Gallatin gave me the opportunity to pave my own path to finding my own answers.