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We are happy to feature Olivia Gooch (’22 Psychology) this week!

Olivia Gooch

Olivia is currently in her junior year. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Counseling and Human Services. As a student athlete, she is a mid-distance runner on the track and field team. She is now training very hard to qualify for the MAC championship!

Olivia is doing very well in her courses. In fact, she was invited to serve as the Teaching Support for courses such as Cognitive Psychology and Experimental Design and Analysis I. She is completing a research study that that focuses on political satisfaction and race with Dr. Metzger. Olivia is planning to apply for graduate programs in school psychology in the future.

When she is not in the classroom, research lab, or track, you can find Olivia working as a student leader. She is serving as a Secretary for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, as well as a member of the Mid-Atlantic Student Athletic Advisory Committee. These two committees are discussing about the implementation of NCAA regulations for event planning. Olivia is also an active participant of student clubs and organizations such as R.E.A.C.H. and Psychology Club.

We asked Olivia to provide some advice for fellow students about how to thrive in school, athletics, and extracurricular activities. Olivia said, “Time management is the best advice that I can give. I personally write everything down to plan out my day. In addition, your teammates are the best people you can talk to if you ever need help or support.” In her spare time, Olivia loves doing arts and craft to de-stress.

Interested in learning more about Stevenson’s very own track team? Visit the Go Mustangs Sports website to see their playing schedule.

Written by: Funmi Dada

Today’s featured student athlete is Samantha Baysic.

Sam Baysic

Samantha is a junior psychology major who also plays as goalkeeper for the Stevenson Women’s Soccer team. Samantha first became involved in soccer at the age of six as her parents signed her up for her local team. Quickly, she grew to love soccer and has been playing ever since!

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In terms of her major, Samantha chose psychology because she wanted to pursue a career in mental health. She has friends who have undergone therapy and noticed how beneficial it was for them. She then wanted to become a therapist one day, so that she can help others to restore their mental health.

As she has been maneuvering through this semester, Samantha found that staying motivated and organized was initially not the easiest. However, once she was able to transition back on campus as well as begin training with her soccer team, she was able to regain focus and organization with her assignments and projects. In terms of these assignments, the workload has not been too heavy for her, as she has been able to settle in a steady schedule of when she will get them done, making sure to write down key due dates and other important information. Samantha has been able to push through and receive A’s for her midterm grades! She also realizes how important it is to communicate with her professors outside of the classroom, especially now that everything is online. In doing so, she has been able to learn more about her professors as well as the Psychology Department as a whole!

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With all of the different changes that student athletes have undergone, Samantha wants everyone to know: “You can do this! As student athletes we are used to overcoming obstacles and juggling course work. Just think of this semester as a setback will encourage perseverance and make you stronger in the end.”

Written by: Semira Nock

Psychology major Cory Jones is the wide receiver for the Stevenson football team. As a student athlete, he is working hard to balance his football practices and schoolwork.

Cory started playing football at the age of 8. The SU football team had a great season this year. The homecoming game was particularly outstanding, and Cory has made two catches and a touchdown.

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Cory Jones ('21 Psychology)

Cory always puts in 100% into all he does. He has learned that for both football and schoolwork, self-discipline is essential for achieving excellence.

Why Psychology? For Cory, he is passionate about helping others. He is particularly interested in becoming a sport psychologist in which he can help other athletes to achieve their full potential.

One thing that you may not know about Cory is that he is also an artist. He likes to create art in his free time and use spray paint as well as other art mediums to create large pieces of artwork. Cory hopes that one day he could incorporate elements of art therapy into his clinical work.

At the next football game, be sure to keep an eye out for number 84!

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Cory Jones: Number 84!

By: Olivia Webb

 
 
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