Cody Welty, from Boring, Ore. (yup, he says it’s a real place), is graduating with a bachelor’s in psychology and a minor in biology. He’s found a great balance of activities and coursework to set him up for an exciting future.
Why did you choose WOU?
The moment I stepped on the campus, I knew this was where I wanted to go. I felt at home on campus, and everyone I met was so friendly and genuinely interested in who I was. The small class sizes were a big factor too, I didn’t want to sit in 300-person lecture halls, and I didn’t have to do that here.
What do you love most about WOU?
The people! Staff, faculty, other students, everyone. Its hard to walk through campus and not see a friendly face. I also love being able to get to know my professors on a personal level. I feel like they got to know me as a person, not just as a student in their class.
What do you love most about the major/minors/degree you completed?
I love the psychology faculty. It is so nice to be able to walk down Todd hall and know everyone. It was so easy to get the sense that they cared about me and other students and wanted the very best for us and our futures.
Outside of the classroom, what are you involved in?
On campus and in the psych department, I was a research assistant for two-and-a-half years for one professor, a research assistant for another professor for two years, a teaching assistant for a few different classes, spent one year as the club treasurer for the Psychology Club, member of the Suicide Prevention Coalition, and worked at the WOU Writing Center for two years.
Being involved on campus is a great way to build experience and get to know people. I am so glad I had these opportunities on campus. They made me a more involved student here.
What has been your biggest achievement, success or accomplishment in college?
Probably getting into graduate school. I started the application process spring of my junior year here and worked on it for about nine months. I was so proud and excited to find out I got in!
Has there been a class or professor that has been particularly inspiring to you?
There have honestly been too many to name. Dr. McMahan, Dr. Powell, Dr. Cloud, Dr. Roscoe, Dr. Brannan, Linda in the psych offices, every psychology faculty I’ve been able to meet.
What will you miss most about college?
My friends and professors. It is going to be hard to not see the people I’ve grown close to all the time.
What are your plans for after graduation?
Grad school! I will be attending a PhD program at University of Arizona for Health Behavior Health Promotion.
What advice do you have for current and future Wolves?
Get involved as early as you can and as often as you can. You can always take a step back, but you never know what you can do until you try it. The opportunities are out there!
What do you know now that you wish you knew your first term in college?
Professors actually like it when you go to their office hours. I felt like I would have been annoying to go see them, but they appreciate the extra effort!
What is your favorite spot on campus and why?
I don’t think I have a favorite, but I would say anywhere outside during spring term.
Did you have any funny mishaps or moments of confusion when you first started at WOU?
I forgot a scantron to my first test here… I had to sprint from class to the Bookstore in order to make it back on time! I learned my lesson to always bring extra scantrons; you will be the hero of the class!
What’s the most important lesson you learned about yourself while in college?
I learned that it was okay to take a step back from some responsibilities to take care of my own health. Keeping a health balance was so valuable to me and my career here, and I am so glad I learned that.