Samuel “Vladi” Highland ’16 discovered a sense of purpose studying psychology at Clark University.
“I chose my major because psychology was already of interest to me, but once I started taking the seminars and research courses, I knew I had found my place,” the recent alumnus says.
Highland came to Clark because he found the student body interesting and engaging. While here he connected with the on-campus community as an undergraduate admissions ambassador and as captain of the men’s rowing team. Off-campus, he completed an internship at a men’s drug and alcohol recovery program during his sophomore year.
For him, those risks included completing an undergraduate honors thesis and applying to graduate school. He’s now a first-year student in Antioch University New England’s Psy.D. program in clinical psychology.
“The capacity to share a meaningful conversation based on intellectual curiosity made my entire experience that much more personal,” Highland says. “Clark helped me to make decisions on my own — whether it was what classes to take, what extracurricular activities I wanted to try, or research I wanted to explore — and offered me experiences that have undoubtedly shaped who I am today.”