Winthrop University

Leah Brown (2014)

My First Generation Story

As a Winthrop University senior, psychology major and McNair Scholar, I’m always ready to lend an ear when people need to talk. I’ve always been one of those friends that everybody goes to with their thoughts and problems. As I’m listening, I view it as a puzzle, putting together all the pieces that make people who they are.

At my high school in my hometown in Greenville, S.C., I took a class in the psychology field and realized it was the perfect career path for me. I chose Winthrop for its size, campus, and the chance for one-on-one interaction with the professors.

During my time at Winthrop, I’ve been involved in many extracurricular activities on campus, including as a Peer Mentor, a staff coordinator for the Peer Mentor Leadership Staff, vice president of the psychology honors society, Psi Chi, and as a member of the Psychology Club. These activities, particularly being a Peer Mentor, have improved my interaction skills and allowed me to work with people from different walks of life. At Winthrop, I’ve been immersed in diversity.

A highlight of my college career was my Study Abroad experience in England, which I miss so much! Throughout the four months of being there, I collected data for my research that I conducted this past summer as a McNair Scholar. This research examined time perspective, proneness towards shame and guilt, and regret between British and American young adults, and was conducted with a professor of psychology at Winthrop.

In the meantime, I was invited to present two past research projects of mine at the American Psychological Association Convention in Washington, D.C.!

After I graduate, I hope to enroll in a graduate program and eventually work at a practice or maybe a hospital therapy group. But my dream goal is to open my own practice!

About the Student

Leah Brown

Leah Brown is a senior at Winthrop University, where she is majoring in psychology.  She is also a McNair Scholar.

Student Stats

Name: Leah Brown (2014)
Age: 21
Year in School: Senior
Major: Psychology
Favorite Course: Tie: Bio psychology and anatomy
Dream Job: Owning her own practice and working with children

About the School

FGV: Winthrop University

Winthrop is a public, comprehensive university that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement. No matter what students study at Winthrop, they are ready for a life of professional success, democratic citizenship in a global environment, and a personal life of meaning and value. These outcomes reflect the university’s commitment to be among the very best institutions of our kind in the nation.



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