Joseph is a medical student at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. 

How have the skills and knowledge you learned in the Psychology program translated to your current job? How did the Psychology program at UWG help you to achieve your goals?

Joseph

The Psychology program taught me how to do research. What started as a class assignment with Dr. Dillon turned into an independent study, where I was able to design and conduct a survey on “The Impact of Family Pressures on Academic Achievement,” which was presented at Scholar’s Day. That project helped me get accepted to a summer research program, the Public Health Leaders Fellowship Program through Morehouse College, and other research opportunities at UWG. It also gave me skills that I have been using in all research projects since then, especially now in medical school. 

Similarly, the Psychology program helped me grow in working with people. Between mentorship and advice from many individuals, the Psychology program was monumental in assisting with the development and growth of the Psychology Student Association, which allowed us to be a valuable resource to all of our amazing members. We were able to see how some of the concepts we learned could be applied in our everyday life and future jobs and passions. These experiences were all major components in my application and acceptance to Meharry. Without the Psychology program, my experience may have been completely different. Everything mentioned, and countless other experiences, provided me with skills and knowledge that I still use to this day, and will continue to use and build upon. 

What areas did you concentrate on in pursuing your degree?

I did both Psychology and Biology Pre-med. To me, the mind and the body are one, and psychology improved my understanding of how the mind worked, and biology did the same for the body.

What advice would you give to current students in the program?

Make sure you focus on yourself and your goals. Do NOT rely on other people to always give you the answers. Some people may give you the wrong answer, accidentally or intentionally. Not all advice is good advice. Early on while I was a sophomore, I was told by a classmate that I would never get into med school as a psychology major, yet here we are.  

Never be afraid to ask questions or ask for help. But also make sure you do your research before you ask. For example, it is not okay to ask a program for their admission criteria; you could look that up. However, if you do your research first, you can ask better questions, like clarity regarding a specific requirement that you noticed while on their website.  

Also, have fun, be nice to everyone, and smile. Life’s too short to be bitter and stressed all the time. Whatever is stressing you is going to be there regardless. Easier said than done, but at least try to enjoy and make the best of your time here. The journey is just as important as the destination! Believe me, you got this.