Clinton Hoard

What are you doing now?

I finish graduate school next month with a Masters of Science degree in industrial and organizational psychology. I'm applying for a job in general human relations and a consulting position.

How did UTM Psychology Program help you achieve what you have become?

I got a stellar education at UT Martin, especially the statistics classes from Dr. Key and Dr. MacKewn. These classes were probably some of the hardest coursework we have in our program, but they helped me be prepared for graduate school. I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I came into this program more prepared than most students. Conducting original research at UTM was very helpful. Dr. Key gave me a position while I was an undergraduate research position that really helped my chances of getting graduate assistantships my first year. I was involved with a few extracurricular activities at UT Martin, which helped me to develop interpersonally. UT Martin is just a great school and I'm very thankful for my education. UT Martin is a campus where you can talk to your professors. The professors have an open door policy. I think the cohesiveness and the one-on-one type of instruction was really useful for me going to graduate school. I can't say enough about the opportunities available to the people at UTM. UTM was excellent for me.

What advice would you give to students who are thinking about becoming UTM psychology majors?

If you are thinking about becoming a UTM psychology major, I would tell you to think critically about what you want to do with psychology. The field of psychology is very versatile. You need to have a plan to go along with your education. For most people who get bachelor's degrees, you need to get some post-undergraduate education. You will want to think early about what you want to do, so when you're taking your upper division coursework, and even your lower division coursework, you take courses that interest you and fit your long term goals. How do your skills match up with a profession in psychology? Or even if it's not psychology, I would tell anybody in any school, any discipline, think about what you want to do. My advise is to think critically about what it is you want to become and how you are going to use your education to reach your goal.

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