Grad of the Week: Abhisha Shah

Grad of the wee Abhisha Shah

MCU is pleased to shine a light on a few of our students who are members of the Class of 2021 and are candidates for graduation for Spring 2021.

What is your major?
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

What are your hopes and plans for after graduation?
I plan to continue my education with a master’s program in clinical psychology to become a licensed marriage and family therapist. I want to work with young adults who are transitioning from a different environment into a college environment. I also find it fascinating to be able to work with women of color who are moving out of an abusive relationship and want to make more of their life than just living in a relationship that was not making them happy.

What have you been involved in while at MCU?
Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic started during my first semester at MCU. I have been working full time and taking virtual classes full time. I completed an off-campus internship for academic credit. I actively engaged with the Wellness Center, contributing to its Instagram, as well as with other MCU social media.

What is your favorite memory of MCU?
Welcome Week for transfer students in January 2020. A day or two before classes were supposed to start, MCU held an event for all students transferring to MCU. During the event, students were able to take a campus tour and meet with faculty members and current students. The entire day was very informative, but the last 2-3 hours were a blast. We played games and won prizes, networked, and made connections with students who have been a part of the MCU community. It was like having a guide or a mentor.

What advice do you have for other students?
Speak up, talk, ask, communicate, and listen. Everyone at MCU is there to help you. Even fellow students might have the same question as you do or might know a little bit more than you, but you will only find out if you utter a few words. Be the first one to approach someone and make friends. These friendships can be long-lasting. MCU is a small campus with fewer students in each class, therefore, you have more teacher-student interaction. Overall, more time for real connections and networking and more information to learn.

What was your favorite experience at MCU?
The icebreaker event at Welcome Week for transfer students and the evening classes with Professor Carlos Royal.

What was your favorite class at MCU and why?
All the classes I took at MCU were fun, informative, and enjoyable, but the one that was memorable was Social Psychology with Professor Carlos Royal. He is funny, talkative, and very knowledgeable and respected. I also enjoyed the classes I have had with Dr. Kevin Kaeochinda and Dr. Emma Ogley Oliver.

Who inspired you at MCU and why?
All the professors have been very inspirational and helpful, but Dr. Kevin Kaeochinda and Dr. Emma Ogley Oliver offered particularly encouraging words. I have had classes with both professors, and they have been very supportive, considerate, and helpful. They have encouraged me and inspired me to choose a career as a counselor/therapist.