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University of Mississippi

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Ashlyn Gaar

Ashlyn Gaar majors in psychology with a minor in sociology. She currently works as an experimenter and analyst in the Human Memory Systems Lab under Dr. Matthew Reysen. Ashlyn works as a peer tutor for Phi Mu sorority, a leapfrog tutor for Oxford Elementary School, and a peer mentor for YoungLife. She also works as a learning assistant to students enrolled in the PSY 201 course. Ashlyn is the academic chair of Phi Mu Sorority, the president of Psy Chi National Honor Society, and is a member of Rho Lambda Society.

 

Why did you choose to attend UM?
I chose UM because of how at home it made me feel when I toured this campus. Everyone was so exceptionally nice to me and went out of their way to make sure I always had a great experience.

When and why did you choose your major(s)/minors?
I chose my major upon entering my freshman year of undergrad and declared my minor my sophomore year.

What are your career goals?
My career goals are to eventually become a licensed professional clinical neuropsychologist and open my own practice.

Have you had an experience that made you feel empowered at UM?
Some experiences that have allowed me to feel empowered at UM are through my involvement with the college of liberal arts, Psi Chi, Younglife, and Phi Mu. Holding important positions within organizations that I am passionate about have allowed me to feel like I am making a difference in my community.

Is there a professor who has been particularly helpful to you?
Dr. Bilsky has had a major impact on my college experience and my future professional goals. She has helped guide me through some of the most difficult and confusing times in my life.

What do you like to do outside of school (hobbies, interests)?
Watch crime documentaries and cook newrecipes

What is your favorite place to eat in Oxford?
Jinsei and Saint Leo.

What are some dream travel destinations (and why)?
Literally anywhere in Europe but especially Italy, Spain, France, Greece, and Croatia because of their beautiful countryside scenery and their very distinct cultures.

London Bowers

London Boowers

London Bowers is a Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society scholar and a member of the Dean’s Honor Roll who aims to practice clinical psychology specializing in anxiety and depression.

 

Why did you choose to attend UM?
I choose to attend the University of Mississippi, because its highly recognized for its academics and both of my parents attended.  The university and city of Oxford also caught my eye as a unique place.

When and why did you choose your major / minor?
I knew that I would be a psychology major since my freshman year in high school. Psychology has always intrigued me, and while growing up I grew a passion observing my mother, who is a psychologist. I selected Philosophy as my minor during my freshman’;     year of college. I feel as if psychology and philosophy go hand and hand, and I knew that it would give me a better understanding of knowledge and the world around me.

What are your career goals?
I aspire to practice clinical psychology, while specializing in Anxiety and Depression.

Have you had an experience an experience that made you feel empowered at UM?
During the spring of 2020, the University held events to commemorate the 50thanniversary of protest and the mass arrests of African American students that took place on February 25, 1970. I had the chance to sit and listen to some of the former student activists, and I couldn’t help but to feel inspired by their bravery.

Is there a professor who has been particularly helpful to you?
Even though I’ve been fortunate enough to have attended the courses of many great professors, Dr. Young has stood out the most to me. I attended Dr. Young’s class remotely, throughout a pandemic. His approach and content for the course, not only helped me academically, but with my own personal problems. He was great at communicating and very understanding of everyone’s circumstances, which means the world to me.

What do you like to do outside of school?
Whenever I have the chance, I try to travel. Other than that, in my free time, I usually exercise or play guitar.

What are some dream travel destinations?
Some of my dream travel destinations are Paris, because of the Eiffel tower, and London because of its history and my name of course.

Dallas Kiner

Dallas Kiner

A psychology major with a music minor, Dallas promotes an inclusive and engaging community among students on campus. He is a FASTrack Peer Leader for helping incoming freshmen transition to UM, Columns Society to welcome participants to campus events, UM Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Student Housing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce. As a Community Assistant with Student Housing, Dallas operates the front desk of a residence hall, creates a curriculum for 40+ residents, and promotes a sense of community for freshmen.

 

Why did you choose to attend UM?
I chose UM because of the amazing people in the community. UM has great faculty and staff, and it was really apparent that I would have the support that I needed to have a successful future.

When and why did you choose your major(s)/minors?
I’ve always loved the idea of psychology. I wanted a job that would allow me to interact with a lot of people and provide somethings. However, it wasn’t until late in my second semester of freshman year that I officially declared psychology as my major.

What are your career goals?
After obtaining my BA in psychology, I would love to attend graduate school to dive more in depth in my studies. After graduating, I would like to join the FBI as a Behavioral Analyst.  Finally, after gaining experience I would hope to find a college to be a professor at and share what I have learned.

Is there a professor who has been particularly helpful to you?
A person who has been helpful to me the most is actually not a professor, but my FASTrack Advisor, the late Mrs. Jackie Certion. Before declaring psychology as my major, I changed my mind three times. My problem was that I wanted to learn everything and it was hard to choose just one. Mrs. Jackie helped me work through that and even gave me reassurance by telling me that, this happens a lot and that there is even a name for it, “Life-Long Learners”, a term that will stick with me for the rest of my life.

What has been a particularly meaningful way you have engaged in a community – either on or off-campus?
I love sharing my knowledge. Often, much of college is a hidden curriculum, no one really tells you the do’s and don’ts of college. Which is why I chose to become a Community Assistant for Student Housing. Working with incoming freshmen has been the most amazing experience. I have the opportunity to help freshmen skip “learning the hard,” which allows them to fully immerse themselves in the L.O.U. community sooner.

What do you like to do outside of school (hobbies, interests)?
choir, food, piano, videography & editing

 What is your favorite place to eat in Oxford?
Toyo’s, First Watch, Volta

What are some dream travel destinations (and why)?
I would love to travel Europe, because of the history and cultural aspects.