Karah Helton

What are you doing now?

I am employed as the full time office manager at Ridgecrest Summer Camps for boys and girls, located outside Asheville, N.C. I love my work here and I plan to continue my career in this ministry.

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

Being part of the UT Martin psychology program was the best choice I made as an undergraduate. The classes offered helped establish the fundamental knowledge I needed to be in a ministry that works with children and their parents. Developmental Psychology and ABA gave me a basis for seeing how camp can benefit a child's development and behavior. Social Psychology and Industrial Organizational Psychology helped give me the human relations skills needed to do the administrative part of my job, and I learned how to work well with others, handle conflict and find comprehensive solutions to problems that arise. I really fell in love with psychology when I took Dr. Merwin's Theories of Personality class. Her passion for learning and the psychology program as a whole made me want a future in this field. This program and its staff enabled me to merge my passions for children and Christian ministry and pursue a career that involves both.

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

My advice to any student interested in becoming a UTM psychology major is to get involved in extracurricular activities, whether that means being a member of a club, acting as a research assistant or joining another organization on campus. This will give you an avenue to apply your knowledge and help you find what you are passionate about. Don't be afraid to ask questions and seek guidance; your professors want you to have a positive experience both in this undergraduate program and beyond.

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