Academic Program: Psychology
Hometown: St. Robert, MO
Why did you choose to attend Missouri State-West Plains?
There were so many opportunities for me similar to what I did back home in high school to get connected with other students! Plus, they accept A+!
How would you describe your experience here?
Loving it! I’m involved in SGA (Student Government Association) and the Student Ambassador’s program, and soon I will be getting a job on campus doing peer counseling. Also, I am actively involved in lots of campus activities!
What has been your favorite thing about Missouri State-West Plains?
SGA, by far, has been my favorite thing on campus. I love my cabinet crew, and all of our senate members have been great about letting their voices be heard.
What has been your favorite course?
I think Public Speaking is currently my favorite course.
How have faculty and staff helped you during your time at Missouri State-West Plains?
I’m definitely one of the last people to ask for help; I value my independence, but Rachel Peterson in admissions has definitely helped me – from the first time I met her on my first campus tour, to Red Carpet Day, to the Ambassador program, to helping me find a job here on campus. I know it’s her job, but I feel like she genuinely cares about me and my success.
How did you choose your major?
I’ve always loved helping people and seeing why people act the way they do, so psychology has always interested me. I originally wanted to join the FBI and be a profiler, like from Criminal Minds – not only to catch those who act out but also to understand why they do these things and help them and people that may be following in their footsteps. However, after growing up a bit, I’ve realized what a small field that is and became interested in helping school-aged kids with special needs, like autism and Downs Syndrome, and helping them feel better acclimated to everyday life. I was also inspired by a show called Atypical on Netflix.
What are your plans after graduation?
After I graduate from Missouri State-West Plains, I plan to transfer to the Springfield campus and get my master’s in psychology and hopefully do some job shadowing and internships along the way. I am also currently considering double majoring in education. I would like to be involved in SGA at MSU and possibly help tutor students like I do here. I’m not sure if I’m meant to be a “for contract” psychologist, like for a school district or possibly working for someone in a private practice. Maybe I’ll double dip. I aspire to reside in Springfield and live in a nice apartment or a penthouse suite, and in time go back to school for my doctorate in psychology.