Meet our BHS December Student of the Month

posted in Behavioral Health Studies on December 16th, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the December BHS student of the month is Paul Gerrish!  Paul is planning to graduate in December and we wish him the best as he moves on to the next chapter in his life.  We asked him to reflect on his time at YCCC as well as talk about what his future plans are.

What drew you to the BHS major?
I actually started as a Liberal Studies major, since I had no idea what I wanted to study. In my first semester, I took Sociology 101. My professor was amazing and got me thinking that maybe I could do some good as a social worker. Just to be safe, I began taking every sociology and psychology class that I could–and found that I loved the subject!
What were your favorite courses/experiences at YCCC?
Honestly? I have not had a bad class yet. The professors here are personable and knowledgeable, and the smaller class sizes are amazing for learning. My favorites have been any and all of the sociology and psychology courses. If I have to pick a particular favorite, I’ll have to say that first Sociology 101 course, since it helped set me on my current path.

You took classes primarily online, what are some of the benefits and challenges of this format?
I’ve taken mostly online classes for three semesters. They are great because they allow someone like me, who works two jobs and maintains a busy lifestyle, to learn new material and complete assignments at my own pace each week. The downside is that there is less structure to the lessons. You are responsible for your learning and need to make the time to finish your work. I tend to plan everything by devoting two full days (my only days off) to schoolwork. Oh, and nothing is worse than having your Internet go down while you’re trying to finish an assignment.

What are your plans for after graduation?
After I graduate from YCCC this December, I plan on attending USM for a degree in Social Work, hopefully even going as far as a master’s. In the interim, I’ll be applying for my MHRT-C, allowing me to jump into the helping field while still attending school.

Do you have any advice for students just starting out?
           I’m not exactly the “advice-giving” type of person. After all, I waited 20 years to attend college. All I can say is this–if you’re only thinking of attending, just do it. If you are just starting, embrace the experience. Be sure to make the time to study and focus on your learning. You are paying for this education, so make the most of it.