Lynn Dwelley: Preparing for a future in counseling 

Lynn Dwelley from Lincoln, Maine is a double major in psychology with a concentration in abnormal/social psychology, and in sociology, and a minor in mental health and rehabilitation. Dwelley has received the Maine Top Scholar award and is a James S. Stevens Outstanding Junior. Last year, Dwelley was a research assistant in the Peer Relations Lab, where she spent her time researching literature and coding data from research articles. In the spring semester she was professor Karyn Sporer’s teaching assistant for Sociology 101. During her time at UMaine, Dwelley has taken part in both the Best Buddies program and the Alternative Breaks volunteer group. After she graduates, Dwelley plans to go to the University of Southern Maine to pursue a master’s degree in counseling. 

Why did you choose to come to UMaine?
I chose to come to UMaine because I have been coming to this campus since I was a child; whether that be through school field trips, or with my family to watch a hockey game. I love the state of Maine and I wanted to stay close to my favorite things in life including the great outdoors and my family.

What difference has UMaine made in your life and how has it helped you to reach your goals?
At UMaine I’ve met a lot of amazing people who have shown me different perspectives on the world. While many of my opinions have grown and changed, I have also learned how important my roots are and how to incorporate new concepts with my fixed beliefs. At UMaine, I have learned the importance of becoming informed on a wide variety of topics so that, whether your original opinions change or remain the same, you know you’re acting as a well-informed individual.

How has your research experience at UMaine prepared you for your future? 
When I used to think about research it seemed unattainable. I thought it was all conducted by one or two researchers who have several advanced degrees and have studied a topic for years. I didn’t consider all of the people who helped in the research as actually being real researchers. In reality, it takes dozens, if not even hundreds, of people working together in order to conduct research. I never thought I’d take part in research because it seemed way beyond my capabilities; even though my role was small, I still was a part of the process. This experience made me realize that even if something seems unattainable, if you break it down there is always something you are capable of doing. The big picture is important but it’s all the little things along the way that get you there.

Have you worked with a professor or mentor who made your UMaine experience better?
I’ve had some amazing professors who I’ve really appreciated over the years including Shannon McCoy, Cynthia Erdley, Benjamin Guenther, Rebecca Schwartz-Mette, Karyn Sporer, Michael Haedicke and Annette Nelligan, to name a few.

Do you have any advice for incoming students to help them get off to the best start academically?
Always read the syllabus and if you have a question, don’t be afraid to ask it.

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