"SFU helped me grow by stoking my curiosity through teachers like Dr. Zaitsoff and Dr. Viljoen. Up until then, coursework had always felt like something I had to do. After spending more time at SFU, I found a passion in me that I didn’t know had been there. It wasn’t exactly telling me who I was, I already knew who I was - instead, it showed me more who I could be and that was so much more inspiring."
When it comes to advice for students, BA, Psychology Alum Elijah Mudryk also had this to share:
"This may seem counter-intuitive, but don’t pressure yourself to become your major or make it your whole identity. Think more on what’s important to you (e.g., advocacy for certain groups, working with people, working public or private) and ask questions from people in different fields to help direct you towards those goals. You don’t need that 'lightning bolt of passion' because, for so many people, passion builds by giving things a chance and letting it grow over time. I’ve always been the type to go down a Google binge of things I was curious about for a lot of things the answers aren’t there yet, so psychology is that fit where I can find them myself."
Elijah Mudryk, BA Psychology '16 and Clinical Psychology PhD student at the University of Mississippi.
This post was originally posted on the SFU Psychology Instagram on July 2, 2021.