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Assessment Graduate Assistant
Year Started at JMU: 2021

As the Assessment Graduate Assistant, I work to ensure that UCC is effectively working to achieve student learning with all of their programs, resources, and appointments. To do this, I help analyze data, create intentional programs, report progress towards goals, and make suggestions for changes.

My Career Journey

In high school, I worked a part-time job coaching recreational gymnastics and tumbling for young kids. I stayed in this job until I moved away to college at the University of South Carolina, and even went back over some summers. So, when it came time to pick a college major, I thought I wanted to be a teacher; but, this never felt totally right and I changed to undeclared before even stepping foot on campus. It wasn't until my freshman year English class, during which I got to pick a topic for a research paper, that I found something I was really interested in learning about: I wanted to research ADHD diagnosis. Because of that, I declared as a Psychology major and never looked back.

During undergrad I worked a couple of internships, and even studied abroad in Spain. Still, I wasn't comfortable enough with where I wanted to take my career just yet, so I took a year off of school before going back. During this time I worked at private practice in psychology, based on a referral from my favorite professor! When I did decide to apply to grad school, I ended up at JMU pursuing my Master's in Psychological Sciences. I'll be graduating with my Master's in May and I'm now working on applications for PhD programs for next Fall.

More About Me

3 words that describe me:

  • Independent
  • Driven
  • Thoughtful

Some fun facts about me:

  • I have a twin brother
  • I can walk on my hands
  • Reality television is my guilty pleasure

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