Jacinda Byrom

What are you doing now?

I am currently working at Timberhills Region IV Mental Health Services in Iuka, Mississippi as a Children's Therapist. I graduated in 2015 with my Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from UNA.

How did UNA's Psychology program help you achieve what you have become?

The psychology program provided me with a great foundation to build upon when I entered the counseling program. Dr. Zayac's Behavioral Interventions class has been very beneficial to me when working with my clients who have autism.

What advice would you give students who are interested in becoming UNA Psychology majors?

My advice to new students in Psychology is to absorb as much as you can. Don't be afraid of research, hard work, and learning from others. Although psychology is deeply interesting, applying it in helping others is the most rewarding aspect of the field; hands on is the best way to learn. Volunteer as much as you can. Remember to take care of yourself. Constant studying and being the energizer bunny can drain the brain, and all brains needs rest. Get involved in research! I conducted a social psychology oriented study under Dr. Carrasco that was taxing but fun. I learned a lot and made many connections in my community through the study. People in our community still remember the work that we did and how it impacted the community. So don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and try new things. Find your talents, gifts and abilities and run with it. Prosper with what is in your hands. Hard times will come in your studies. Life happens regardless of what your goals are. But get a lot of grit and stick with it, because that's what it takes to wear the cap and gown and hang a degree on the wall!