Swim & Diving
Animal Assisted Therapy Program (Founder and President)
Hometown: West Bridgewater
Attending: Amherst College
- When did you start at Thayer?
- Talk about how you started the Animal Assisted Therapy club on campus.
- What were your favorite classes while you were here?
- What are your plans next year?
- Did Thayer help shape these plans or interests?
- Did College Counseling help you during your college search process this year?
- Who was your most challenging teacher?
- If you could give any advice to incoming freshmen, what would you tell them?
I took a summer course at Brown University, and they have their own animal assisted therapy program. I petitioned Mr. Thompson, my advisor, and then I had to go in front of the Community Council. It took a lot to get approved because my club involved a dog coming on campus. I just had a passion for animals my entire life and I really want to minor in psychology, so I thought it would be cool to mix the two. Lily, the golden retriever, comes in once a month. Students can sign up for different time slots and de-stress. It’s really fun.
I loved African-American history with Mr. Dixon because I hadn’t had the chance to go in depth in that subject before. We learn bits and pieces, but in this class it was cool because we got to learn more than we usually do. I just love the way Mr. Dixon talks about it, because he's very informal, but he's also very informative at the same time. It's nice because it's just a really safe space where you can talk and explore new ideas and everything.
Definitely. I just told them what I liked in a college because it wasn't really about the place or how big it was for me, it was more about the intellectual feel. The top two colleges they recommended for me were Amherst and Swarthmore. They both had the environment that I saw myself in. It was right down to the last minute, and I ended up applying Early Decision to Amherst.