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Future Psychologist Samadia Saquee Likes Standing Out

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Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Sociology | Cultural Anthropology emphasis | 2017 | College of Arts and Sciences

Why did you choose UMKC?

The location is close to home. I’m from Blue Springs so it’s an easy commute. I like that UMKC is located in the city — there’s so much diversity, which opens lots of doors. I also chose UMKC because it has a good psychology department. A few family members have attended UMKC in the past and shared good experiences.

What motto do you live by?

Be nice to people and work hard.

How has college inspired you?

Since starting college, I’ve become more ambitious. It’s inspiring to just walk around campus knowing that everyone here is working hard to achieve their goals in life, whatever they may be.

Since entering college, what have you learned about yourself?

I’ve learned that I will be okay if I step out of my comfort zone; everything as I know it won’t suddenly collapse. It’s a chance to see things in a new light and learn things I never knew before.

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

Say the answer even if it may not be right. It’s quite simple really, but not being afraid to say the wrong answer is much better than not saying anything at all. How will you ever learn what the right answer is if you don’t speak up?

What do you admire most at UMKC?

One thing I admire the most about UMKC is that there are such diverse groups of students. It’s awesome that every single day you have the chance of meeting someone from a different country than yourself, and you’re able to interact with different cultures around campus.

Do you belong to any organizations?

I’m a Supplemental Instructor for MUSE, a music and dance history class. It’s rewarding when students tell me that I have helped them. I’m also a member of the African Student Cultural Organization.

What’s your greatest fear?

One of my greatest fears is that I’ll grow old and realize I didn’t actually enjoy my life to the fullest.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years I see myself on my way to being an established clinical or social psychologist. Maybe even having a family of my own!

What is one word that best describes you?

Colorful. I don’t mind being the person who stands out. I have a lot of unexpected sides to my personality.

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