Laurel Ellzey

What are you doing now?

I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree at Denver School of Nursing. The program is 21 months and strictly nursing courses. My expected graduation date is December 2016, after which I intend to move back to the South and start my career as an ER nurse. After a few years of experience, I intend to become certified as a forensic nurse.

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

Two classes in the psychology program have helped me to be successful in nursing school. Experimental psychology II with Dr. MacKewn taught me how to think critically, which is a major component of nursing. In senior seminar with Dr. Buckelew, I learned how to be successful with interviews, write a resume, and how to prepare myself for my future career.


I was also member of the UTM Equestrian team, which qualified for the NCAA national championships each year. I learned how to juggle the demands of being both a student athlete and in the psychology program, which I am thankful for because time management is essential in nursing school.

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

I would advise incoming students to keep an open mind. I was originally a nursing major, but could not pursue that and be a student athlete at the same time so I chose psychology as my new major. I knew I was still going to pursue nursing after I graduated, but getting my degree in psychology has turned out to be very beneficial in my nursing career. There are many different fields within psychology with endless opportunities.

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