Amelia Terry of Oneida, Tenn. is earning bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Civic Innovation and a minor in Spanish. Terry earned her associate’s degree from Roane State Community College through dual enrollment. “Emory & Henry is the first place I have felt capable of growing into what matters most. Between learning from the in-class curriculum to the outside lyceum credits, I have gathered an understanding of what it takes to be successful, how to redefine success, how to have patience for myself, and how to use what I understand as a tool in the place around me,” said Terry.
Terry is a Bonner Scholar, Civic Leader Scholar, Student Government Association Senator, Head Blue and Gold Ambassador and member of Sigma Upsilon Nu. She is also involved with C.H.A.T.S programming and the Appalachian Center for Civic Life. As an involved psychology student, Terry aids the psychology department as a PSYC101 Student Instructor. “This semester I have been submerged into the curriculum of our PSYC department as well as a Civic Engagement independent study where I have partnered with Blue Mountain Therapy to help Construct an ASD Youth Sensory Room for use within their building. These two factors have been nothing less of a confirmation that I have chosen the right work for my future. Emory and Henry College has allowed me to have that opportunity,” Terry said.
“My advice for new students is to look for opportunity,” Terry said. “There is a great benefit to being an undergraduate student in that people want to help you and find your passions; you just have to seek them out. The major lesson I have learned in the past three semesters is that you can approach any situation with your top values if you get creative.”
Following her predicted graduation in 2025, Terry intends to continue her education through the Emory & Henry College Health Sciences Gateway Program. “I plan to use my work in the field of psychology as a partner of Civic Engagement to build a youth development center with a focus on healthy habits for the mind in the Appalachian region,” Terry said.