Graduate Spotlight: Sam Tupper

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Sam Tupper wears graduation cap and gown, standing in front of the library
Sam Tupper. Photo by Roderious Phillips

Sam Tupper, a Class of 2023 graduate of Mercer University‘s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and journalism.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to attend the University of Georgia in the fall for my Master of Arts degree in journalism.

What is one of your favorite Mercer memories?

I think spending time with my main friend group is my favorite memory. My roommates and I would consistently work time in our day to talk and catch up over dinner or at least get together to watch TV for a bit. It was those little, pleasant interactions that I am the most grateful for throughout my four years.

What was your favorite class and why?

My favorite class was psychotherapies with Dr. Kevin Karl, assistant professor of psychology. In the class, we had the opportunity to learn about the various methods of psychotherapeutic techniques. It was such a fun class! I got closer to some of the best friends I made in the psychology major, and Dr. Karl kept the class interesting. Our final in the class was a recorded mock psychotherapy session. Dr. Karl provided the client’s intake form, instructed us to develop a unique treatment plan, and pretended to be the client. It was a challenging and fun way to end the class.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Mercer is full of incredible opportunities to get involved with clubs, sports or even your major. Make sure to look into as many as you can, so you know what is out there. This is also a chance to step out of your comfort zone and pursue new ventures. Joining The Cluster, for instance, allowed me to hone my writing skills and allowed me to practice various different ways of telling stories. I would highly recommend checking these clubs out. These are also great ways to meet new people and form friend groups. Spending time with my friend group provided some of the fondest memories I have of Mercer. I can’t recommend it enough.

What makes Mercer special to you?

I believe Mercer is just the right size to really make an impact and get involved while having plenty of opportunities to succeed and stand out in the world when it comes time to graduate. To me, the school is physically the perfect size. Everything is within walking distance, and it’s never too much effort to get friends together. Mercer also has such a beautiful campus, especially in the fall. Taking scenic routes to classes or just going on daily walks helped me admire and grow to love Mercer. It’s this physical and figurative closeness that makes Mercer so special to me. I hope that everyone who comes here experiences that feeling.

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