Kaleigh McDonald, Catholic '24, is a Psychology student from Staten Island, NY. She shares why she chose to attend Catholic University, and what advice she has for prospective students.

Why did you choose to attend Catholic University and what set the Department of Psychology apart?

"I chose to attend Catholic University because of the tight-knit community. Throughout my time here, I have made close relationships with peers and professors which has greatly enhanced my learning and opened my eyes to new opportunities I might not have had access to otherwise. Another important factor for me was Catholic's 4+1 BA/MA Program in Psychological Science which allows me to complete my Masters Degree in 5 years. As a whole, Catholic University has allowed me to do it all; I was able to work in the Admissions Office, play on the Women's Golf Team, participate in a research lab for 3 years, join clubs, and intern for our Business School, all while still having time for friends and academics."

Why did you choose to student Psychology?

"Helping people has always been a passion of mine and studying psychology allows me to fulfill this passion. With my degree in Psychology, I aspire to complete more schooling and become a licensed Mental Health Counselor, assisting individuals with whatever issues they may face in life. It is important for people to have a strong support system and if I can help at least one person in this world, that would make my choice to study Psychology worth it."

What's been your favorite part of being a student at Catholic University?

"Gaining a second family has been my favorite part of being a student at Catholic University. Ever since my first day on campus as a student, I have met so many people that I know will be in my life for a long time. As a student here, I have had the opportunity not only to make lifelong friends, but also to form relationships with professors that have offered me opportunities I would not have found on my own. With that being said, the community that Catholic University offers is unique in so many ways and I will never forget the people I have met during my time here. Once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal."

What advice would you give to prospective students?

"My biggest piece of advice for prospective students is to follow your heart. Once you listen to what your heart tells you to do, focus on putting yourself out there. I know it can be intimidating starting what seems like an entirely new life in a new place with all new faces, but it is important to remember that everyone is in a similar position as you. Get involved as much as possible wherever you end up and make the most of it. 4 years really does fly by and you want to make sure you did all you could to immerse yourself into the community you choose as your second home."