elizabeth-robisonMy name is Elizabeth Robison and I am a 2012 graduate of Athens State University. Thanks to Athens State’s incredible faculty and flexible class schedule, I was able to achieve my dream of obtaining a college degree without incurring any student loan debt.

A few years after high school, I decided it was time to head back to school and earn my degree. Because I wouldn’t be a traditional freshman, I felt like I would have been out of place with my fellow classmates at a traditional 4 year university. Considering this and the fact that I was working a full time job which would require a flexible class schedule, I started to look at my schooling options. After searching, Athens was at the top of my list. Upon reviewing their Psychology and Behavioral Sciences program, I decided that this school would be the best fit for me. I applied and was accepted into Athens in the summer of 2011. Upon acceptance, I also applied for a partial scholarship through the Alumni Association. Fortunately, I was one of several students who were awarded this scholarship for that year. Through my involvement with the Alumni Association, I had the honor of assisting with Alumni events throughout the course of my time at Athens. These events afforded me the opportunity to meet many of the previous students from Athens State as they came back to help serve the University long after their academic careers had ended. I quickly came to the realization that once you’ve attended Athens State, you truly become like family with fellow students and alumni.

I pursued a degree in Psychology and with the caring guidance of Dr. Durm, I was able to complete this goal in December of 2012. One of my favorite things about ASU was the friendliness and the accessibility to the instructors. I believe this makes Athens State stand out from other universities. While each instructor made sure that I worked hard to learn the material, they were also personable and willing to get to know me to understand what my life was like in its entirety, not only academically. This provided a level of support I would not have received had I attended a different university. While I was attending Athens, I had the honor of joining PSI CHI, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Through my involvement in PSI CHI, I was able to participate in efforts to raise support for the United Way of Limestone County and help provide Christmas gifts and basic need supplies for 25 children. Community involvement has always been important to me. I loved being able to partner with my fellow students and faculty to give back to the community that was supporting me in my academic journey.

Within a month of graduating from ASU, I accepted a job at a Mental Health Agency in Nashville, Tennessee. During this time, I have been able to work with hundreds of individuals who suffer from Mental Health Disorders. My job entails assisting my clients with continuation of living their lives to the fullest, despite their diagnosis.

My time at Athens has helped me be successful in my position and I have the selfless and caring faculty as Athens State University to attribute to my success thus far in my career. My time there was well spent in preparation for my life after college. I am forever grateful for the experiences, the knowledge, and the support I received while I attended Athens State.

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