Adrian Luis Manriquez is a graduating Psychology student from Keizer. After graduation, Manriquez is headed to Portland State University to complete a Ph.D. program.
What has been your most memorable class?
That is a very hard question. So many classes shaped my outlook on life and grew me. I would have to say Social Psychology, as it opened my eyes to how research can be applied to solve real-world problems and it made me fall in love with psychological science in general.
What have some of your extracurriculars been (student clubs, jobs, internships, etc.)? How did those impact your time on campus?
I would not call it extracurricular per se, but being a research assistant truly made my time on campus worthwhile! I loved the entire research process. Even when research became challenging and frustrating to me, the thrill outweighed it all.
Do you have any advice for current and prospective students?
Believe in yourself! Set a goal and strive with all of your energy to make it happen. You can do it. Life is too short to not become all that you can be and to not do all that you were created to do.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned throughout your time at WOU?
You cannot do it all by yourself. Whatever “it” is, you need a community to support you. I also learned what I am capable of achieving, and to me that is priceless.
What has been the highlight of your time at WOU?
My friends! I have met some of the most amazing people here at WOU! I have definitely made life-long friends from attending this university and for that, I am so grateful.
Who stands out from your time at WOU (a friend, a professor, a mentor, etc.)?
That question is nearly impossible to answer. I care for and respect all of my professors so much. I will pick two, Dr. Debi Brannan and Dr. Sara Budge. They are like academic mothers to me!
What will you miss the most about WOU?
My professors. Each and every single one of them. Dr. Toray, Dr. King, Dr. McCarthy, Dr. Ibaraki, Dr. Manoogian, Dr. Cannon. All of them. Can they say the same about me though? Hopefully, haha! They all believed in me, even when I did not believe in myself. You cannot buy that.
What do you know now that you wish you knew your first term in college? I often ask myself this very question. I always seem to come up with a thousand different answers, but I think in reality, there is nothing that I wish I knew then. Learning is a part of the journey.
What are your plans for after graduation?
Recently, I have been accepted into a Ph.D. program in Applied Psychology, with an emphasis on Community Psychology, at Portland State University for fall 2020! So, I will be in school for at least another five years! My dream is to one day work at a university as a professor and conduct compelling research, while applying my skills to help underrepresented and underserved communities.