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Psychology major dives into life on campus


2014-07-30

Timothy Williams '17 of Springfield, Mass., became interested in psychology as a high school student. Drawn to the subject, he excelled in class. His teacher noticed, and pulled him aside.

"We talked about all the different fields I could get into and the endless possibilities that awaited me with a degree in psychology," Williams said.

He is most interested in the way psychology provides the opportunity to study human behavior and how the mind works. "I have always had an interest in learning about how thoughts and emotions can lead to certain motivations, and the field of psychology allows me to do study this in depth."

In addition to his psychology major, Williams chose to minor in criminal justice, and is looking at ways he might apply his psychology degree to that field. In the meantime, the best part about the psychology department, he said, is the amount of support and motivation he receives from his professors.

In addition to his studies, Williams is an Admissions ambassador, the captain of MCLA's step team, Nexxus, serves on the Student Success and Retention Committee, and is part of the new Liberal Arts at Work program, which helps to create student leaders on campus.

He's also on the President's ALANA Student Advisory, which gives students the opportunity to sit down with President Mary Grant, voice any concerns they may have, and express how they can better the school and one another.

"My academic experience here at MCLA has been remarkable. I found myself not just being a number here, but rather an actual person." Williams said. "The professors are great; they know who you are and are always willing to help you not only excel in the classroom, but help you to achieve your goals outside of the classroom.

"I also like the fact that it's easy to get help outside of the classroom," he continued. "MCLA has great tutors that make you feel comfortable, and work with you at your pace until you understand the material."

As a sophomore this fall, Williams will be a peer advisor. "I'm excited about it because I get to mentor incoming freshmen who may need guidance," he said. "I was in their shoes once, and I feel that I can really help them."

Plans for his junior year include studying abroad in Fiji.

According to Williams, "I knew MCLA was my school when I visited the campus; I just knew it was the right school for me. The best part about being a student here is that I know I'm not another number. I have facility here who really push me to succeed."

The key to success at college, he explained, is time management. "You can get overwhelmed with a lot, but as long as you manage your time, you will do well."

What's on the horizon after he graduates? Williams will head to graduate school to obtain his master's degree in psychology, followed by a Ph.D. in the same field.

He recommends MCLA to other students. "This is a friendly school. You'll have people in your corner that will help you reach to your fullest potential, and make sure that you graduate in four years."