Madison Carr and LeMarcus Echoles, Psychology Student Ambassadors
Madison is a psychology student who is part of a lab research team in her department. She reaches out into the community to learn more about mental health and to be of service to people needing care. She’s also a member off the Swahili Club, Skyping with people from Tanzania so that the club members have practice with conversation. Madison is a McNair Program Scholar.
Why did you decide to major in psychology?
Psychology allows me to help those who may not be able to help themselves through research and application. I love making other people more comfortable with talking about some of their own cognitive, developmental, or social issues.
How does your sociology minor figure into your major?
There’s no better way to study the world and people in it than to study sociology. Sociology helps me understand the individuals that I plan to study and helped me take into account other factors that may play a role in their coping and healing processes.
Do you do any community service?
I’m a mentor to students as part of the Most Mentoring Program. One of my roles is to inform them about all the resources that UM has to offer. I’m also involved with Relay for Life, which helps raise funds for breast cancer, and I’m involved with Memory Makers, which offers socialization to people with memory loss.
What do you plan to do after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to enroll in a clinical psychology or counseling psychology PhD.
What do you do beyond the classroom?
I’m part of a research team in a psychology lab on campus running tests and recruiting individuals for our study. I also intern at North Mississippi Regional Center. It provides care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I perform behavioral analysis and create daily goals for residents alongside my mentor there. I’m also a member of the Black Student Union and a group called Active minds on campus. It’s an organization that helps students openly talk about mental health and address issues.
What’s your go-to meal in Oxford?
The catfish dinner with mashed potatoes and macaroni from Ajax Diner!
What are you binge watching?
A psychology major with a neuroscience minor, LeMarcus is fascinated by the workings of the brain. He balances theory and practice by being a neuroscience lab researcher as well as a community assistant in residence halls, where he builds a “peaceful and loving community,” by teaching conflict resolution skills. LeMarcus is member of Men of Excellence, a community service-based organization, which works to foster educationally enriched programs and support high standards of personal and academic achievement among its members. A student in the Sally McDonnell Honors College, he embodies the ideals of that organization both in and out of the classroom.
Why did you decide to study psychology?
I was originally a political science major, but I fell in love with psychology after taking a class. The neuroscience minor supports my goal of becoming a neurophysiologist. I got interested in this because my uncle has brain damage, and I was always interested in areas of the brain. My professors are very welcoming, and they keep the subject really interesting across a variety of classes.
Why study psychology at UM?
This is a great major with a large variety of areas to study and many opportunities to do research. It is a science as well as a social science. You have the same research experience as other areas of science, including biology and chemistry. I’ve done study on birds and using sex hormones help them recover from brain injuries in the cerebellum. I’m also working on an Honors College thesis about young children’s interactions with technology.
What organizations are you involved with outside the classroom?
I’m a new member of Men of Excellence, and I also belong to the Psychology Club and Ole Miss Esports. We do a lot of gaming competitions with other schools, and it’s a good way to meet really nice people from across the campus.
What’s your go-to place to eat in Oxford?
Most definitely, Cookout. It’s one of the cheapest fast food places in Oxford that is open until really late.
What are you binge watching?
My most recent binge watch was All American. If you’re a football lover or even a sports lover, then the show is a definite must see.