Meet our Behavioral Health Studies Student of the Month
posted in Behavioral Health Studies on March 16th, 2016
We are pleased to announce that William “Tim” Timmins is our BHS March Student of the Month. Tim was in the very first Introduction to Behavioral Health course offered at YCCC and is getting ready to graduate in May.
What made you decide to major in Behavioral Health Studies? I had been a nursing assistant in the past and always enjoyed helping others. When I arrived at YCCC I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, an admissions counselor told me about BHS and because of my clinical experience in the health care field we both agreed that it would be a good fit. There are a lot of great students in the program, people who are going to make a difference in other’s lives. I’m proud to be one of them.
What courses related to the major have been your favorites and why? Trauma and Recovery as well as Psychosocial Rehabilitation are two that I’m taking now and really like because both give you a good feeling for what you’ll actually be doing in the field. It’s a hands on approach, for instance in Psychosocial Rehabilitation we just completed a case study project which allows you to experience what a clinician does every day. I also liked forensic psychology, learning about the legal/police end of psychology was fascinating and I highly recommend it.
What is it like to be one of the few males in the program? I am used to being one of the only males after working as a nursing assistant so it’s not a big change for me. I try to give my perspective as a minority in the program and hope the other students can learn as much from me as I learn from them.
What are your plans for after graduation? I ultimately hope to work as a substance abuse counselor and will eventually transfer to a four year school. I’m also considering coming back to YCCC next year to complete the Criminal Justice degree.
What advice do you have for students just starting out in BHS? Study hard and listen to your instructors! Many of them have clinical backgrounds and can provide a tremendous amount of insight into the field.
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! This time of year is always bittersweet for the faculty and staff, we’re excited for all of the graduates but also sad to see you go. I don’t want to leave here, I wish you guys had a four-year program, I’d take it. It’s not easy, but you guys make it doable. I try to tell my friends that have college age kids to check it out. The whole school is incredible!