2017-08-17 19:06:07 - Feature
This May, graduating Coe psychology and public relations major Alexandria Muldrew was awarded one of two R.J. McElroy Trust fellowships for graduate study, marking the sixth time in the past nine years that a Coe senior was awarded one of these prestigious grants. Now, as a Coe alumna headed to the University of Minnesota to get her Ph.D. in school psychology, she's continuing the course of study she developed a passion for at Coe — and has her sights set on giving back to a new generation of students.
While attending Coe, Muldrew was heavily involved on campus. She participated in V-Day, Coe's women's rights student group; she sang in Coe's Chorale; she was a Coehort mentor, providing peer guidance to multicultural students; and she served as public relations chair for Coe's psychology club. But one of the most impactful experiences she had was conducting research alongside Coe faculty.
"The research opportunities offered through the Psychology Department have definitely helped me to be better prepared for graduate study," said Muldrew. "Working with different faculty members, as well as conducting my own independent research, has really helped me understand and know for sure that graduate school and a Ph.D. in psychology is the right path for me."
Beyond research, as a student, the close connections formed between faculty and students were important to Muldrew. "The relationship between faculty and students at Coe is one of openness, so oftentimes, I would just go into one of my professor's offices without even making an appointment," she said. "They're very open to meeting students. I really appreciate that kind of relationship."
Though she's interested in gaining some experience in a school setting, Muldrew hopes to be able to return to higher education as a faculty member someday. It'd be a way to give future students that same support she felt here at Coe.
"Everyone on campus is trying to make sure that students feel welcome here," she said. "Everyone here wants you to succeed."