Elaysia Chambers ‘22 Heads to Graduate School to Study Speech-Language Pathology
Elaysia Chambers ’22 has had a busy four years on campus. She is graduating with a degree in psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences, and will be attending Molloy College’s Master of Science Program in Speech-Language Pathology. In addition, she was the co-president of Women for Change, vice president of the Caribbean American Student Association, a resident assistant, and an Arts & Sciences Ambassador! Her campus experiences, both in and out of the classroom, were supported by faculty and prepared her for the next phase in her academic career.
“I was inspired by my passion for mental health advocacy, and empowering others to take care of themselves, no matter how that looks,” says Elaysia of her reason for entering the psychology field. At UHart, she found support and guidance to nurture this passion. “UHart prepared me to achieve my career goals through the rigorous courses that helped me to strengthen my academic and professional skills. I also made connections at UHart with students and faculty, and they have all contributed to my success in college,” she says.
Elaysia completed two internships while attending UHart. One at Calissa's Counseling Services and the other at Intensive Education Academy. Furthermore, she was able to conduct research that examined the relationship between birth order and attachment styles in relationships. She believes her UHart experiences supported her overall goal of continuing her psychology studies. She says, “I was fortunate enough to have amazing mentors and people guiding me in the right direction.”
During her four years, Elaysia worked closely with Associate Professor of Psychology Mala Matacin. “She helped me discover my passion for mental health and self-care. Dr. Matacin is someone who has made a positive impact on my life,” she notes. She also recognizes Assistant Professor of Psychology Jonathan Gordils as someone who has been an additional support system for her. “He was always available to answer any questions or provide feedback."
One of her favorite things about UHart is that there are always people who are willing to help her. “I am grateful for the staff at UHart because for the past four years, they have genuinely cared about my wellbeing,” she says.
“My experience at UHart was so memorable,” says Elaysia, and she goes on to say that her favorite memory was the ice cream social during her first year. “I met my first friend at this event and it allowed me to connect with students who I will be graduating with."
What is her advice for incoming students? “I would tell them to step outside of their comfort zone and try something new. You never what amazing opportunity is going to arise from talking to someone or joining a club!”
Elaysia Chambers ’22 , Psychology
My favorite thing about UHart is that there are always people who are willing to help me. I am grateful for the staff at UHart because for the past four years, they have genuinely cared about my wellbeing.