In her own words

Diaminique Barlow

For a large portion of my life, I convinced myself that I did not have any talents or passions. I recall feeling empty as a Biology major my freshman year of college. There I was, the first in my family to attend college, and I was doing it poorly. I lacked motivation to complete my studies and wondered how I could make the college experience better for myself. When I was a Biology major, my preferred career path was that of a Pediatrician. After some thoughtful decision, making and a list of pros and cons, I decided that Psychology was the major best suited for me. With some guidance, I discovered the career of a School Psychologist. That is when I realized that I did have a passion. My passion is to work with children and to aid them in the beginning stages of their lives. My drive to positively impact a child’s life did not change despite my major changing. Now as a junior in college, I am not afraid to push myself when it comes to my academic career. I am finding additional ways I can better myself as a future School Psychologist, such as pursuing different certificates or trainings related to my intended field. After I leave Chatham University, I plan on going to Temple’s Graduate School for my PsyD in School Psychology. As a first-generation college student, I feel like I owe it to myself and my family to accomplish this goal.

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