Madeline wants to become a counseling psychologist. Passionate about helping people who suffer from anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, she is pursuing an associate degree in social sciences at Howard Community College, and will graduate in May 2018. As the first person in her family to attend college, she has made the most of her academic experience, and her resume shows it.
A member of the Silas Craft Collegians Program at HCC; Madeline has taken advantage of opportunities for personal and professional growth and earned a place in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, an international fraternity designed to honor exceptional students. She will also serve as a volunteer at the annual Silas Craft Collegians Dinner, and is involved in the Hispanic Student Union and Active Minds Club.
She says two of her favorite experiences at HCC include speaking about the Silas Craft program to incoming students and parents, and volunteering for the HCC Food Pantry food drive at Giant Food.
“I have had such a good experience as a student at HCC,” said Madeline, a life-long resident of Columbia. “My professors have been so helpful and have motivated me to do my best.”
Among those who have made a lasting impact is Dr. Maureen Schuler, associate professor of psychology and human development. Madeline has been a student in Dr. Schuler’s General Psychology and Abnormal Psychology course, gaining inspiration along the way.
“Dr. Schuler is so passionate about the courses she teaches and she brings her real world clinical experience into the classroom, which has helped me learn,” said Madeline.
Another influencer in Madeline’s journey at HCC has been Angela Phillips, coordinator of the Silas Craft Collegians Program.
“Ms. Phillips has been a great mentor for me in so many ways,” she explained. “She has helped me succeed academically but she has also helped me develop social and leadership skills that will be important when I eventually transfer to a four-year college.”
Madeline is exploring both Towson University and University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with her sights set on earning a bachelor’s degree, and looks forward to applying for the Psi Chi program, the National Honor Society in psychology. Both schools offer strong psychology programs, she says, and would allow her to remain close to home and her greatest supporters.
“I thank my parents every day for what they have done to help me pursue my career dreams and goals,” said Madeline. “They are proud of me and that means everything.”
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