Sam '18, Psychology
Heart-listener. Passion-pursuer. Future clinical counselor.
How would you describe courage in one sentence?
Courage is the act of being yourself despite other people pushing you to be like someone else or to be like others.
How did getting your degree require courage?
Getting my degree in psychology required courage because for a long time I felt pressured to pursue nursing or physical therapy. It took courage to step away from those pressures and pursue what I wanted to because it wasn’t easy to go against what others wanted for me.
How does your current job or career path require courage?
In the future, I would like to either get my PsyD or get my master's in clinical mental health counseling. This requires courage because pursuing these things won’t be easy, financially or mentally. Being a counselor also requires a certain kind of patience, empathic listening, and a strong desire to help carry other’s burdens. This requires courage to put others before myself, to make the leap to apply to these programs, and to follow through with them.
How did EU help you become more courageous in your thinking and actions?
EU helped me become more courageous in my thinking and actions because the professors here genuinely care about you. Each professor I’ve had, especially in the psychology department, has shown that they genuinely want their students to succeed and to go on to better things in the future. They have helped me be courageous by believing in me and my abilities.
Where do you hope courage will lead you in the future?
I hope courage will lead me to continue being myself in the future, and to continue to allow me to believe in my abilities. I hope courage will lead me to believe in myself.