What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to attend Augusta University and obtain a Master of Science degree in psychology with a clinical concentration.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
Dr. Kevin Karl was my favorite professor because you can tell he really enjoys what he does and genuinely cares about his students. He has been such an awesome mentor and gives some of the best advice. I’ve grown so much as a student and will be so prepared for my graduate program by taking his classes and being a part of his research lab for three years.
What was your favorite class and why?
There are so many I liked! I will pick two. I would have to pick behavior modification with Dr. Karl because we got to see therapy in practice and conduct real-life mock therapy sessions with clinical cases through labs in the course. I would also pick criminology with Dr. Riku Kawaguchi because it’s been fascinating to learn about the theoretical approaches underlying criminal behaviors.
What advice do you have for incoming students?
First, take advantage of every opportunity you can get! Mercer has so many opportunities available to prepare you for your future. Second, take the time to get to know faculty; they are here for you and desire to help you succeed. Go the extra mile, attend office hours and develop positive relationships with them. Most importantly, remember you are human and being a student is only part of you, not all of you. Take these four years as an opportunity to learn who you are and grow into who you want to be. Find your passion. Step out of your comfort zone and try something new. It might be the best decision you ever make.
What makes Mercer special to you?
I am a Mercer legacy. Both of my parents graduated from Mercer’s professional schools here in Macon. My sister and I have been able to share some of the same Mercer experiences as them, so it has become a family tradition.
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