Living Her Passion

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Psychology major Naomi Britton works with children


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Naomi Britton, ’17
Program: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
School: College of Arts and Sciences
Groups and organizations: Psychology Club, Jumpstart Corps
Hometown: Olathe, Kansas

You graduated in May and landed a job in your field. What are you doing?

I am an investigator for the Jackson County Children’s Division. I wanted to work with children, and I’m doing that. I’d like to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology in the future.

Why did you choose UMKC?

UMKC offers my major (psychology) and has a great diversity of students.

Why did you choose psychology?

I chose psychology because I’ve always wanted to counsel people, and I find mental disorders fascinating.

The challenges of the program are the upper-level classes that really get us to think like a psychologist.  The benefits of being a psychology major are that we get to help such an important population of individuals.

How has your college program inspired you?

My college program has inspired me and motivated me to become the best person I can be. It’s inspired me to follow my dreams and let the sky be my limit! It’s made me more excited to continue my education.

I’ve learned that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. College has shown me that my mind and abilities are exponential as long as there is effort and passion in it.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received from a professor?

The best piece of advice I have received from a professor is “Don’t ever sell yourself short. At least try!” The advice gave me motivation to keep trying and keep pushing forward.

Who do you admire most at UMKC?

I admire my research professor, Dr. (Joan) McDowd, most. She is so driven and motivates all her students. She makes everyone feel important and helps them find importance in what they do.

Are you a first-generation college student?

I am not, both of my parents have doctoral degrees or are pursuing them. All of my older brothers and sisters, as well as my little sister, are currently attending UMKC or have attended UMKC in the past.

What motto do you live by?

Don’t stop doing something you’re passionate about.

Where is UMKC taking you?

Places I’ve never been, and making new connections with people with different stories.

What do you want your legacy to be after graduation?

Making an impact on mental disabilities and those in need.


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