Melissa Carter '06

Graduation: May 2006

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Sociology

Graduate School: Kennesaw State University


Why did you choose to major in sociology?

When I graduated from high school, at 18, I was 100% sure that I wanted to go into International Business and spend the rest of my life traveling, setting up contracts and making deals; however, life’s lessons delayed my entrance into college, and in the interim between high school and that next academic step, I found myself face to face with people and situations that I wanted to better understand and change but with no clue as to how to even articulately identify the need. When I started at Reinhardt and met the sociology faculty, I was hooked. 

What was your most challenging sociology class?

By far the most challenging sociology class I had was Classical Sociological Theory; however, it was also my favorite class. I don’t think I studied so much in my entire life. Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory are both required for sociology majors. The classes give you the foundation for everything else you will learn in sociology. I recommend taking these classes either your sophomore or junior year. It will greatly benefit you in ALL other sociology classes.

What was one project that helped prepare you for graduate school?

I did a Senior Thesis with graduating senior psychology major Noah Rich, under the supervision of Dr. Gregory. We did a study on leadership and gender titled Dissonance and Leadership Theory: Negotiation between Ascribed Gender characteristics of Males and Females Roles and the Gender Characteristics Prescribed to Leadership Roles. The experience I gained from doing the project can not be measured. I developed a better understanding and appreciation for anyone who does research. Furthermore, it prepared me for the similar types of projects that I have to complete in graduate school. I know that I would not be as prepared for the next step of my academic career if I had not done the project.

If a prospective student told you she was considering majoring in sociology, what would you say was the best thing about the program?

The best thing about the sociology program at Reinhardt College is its foundation in theory and the faculty. I might be biased, but I believe that it's one of the best in the state.


Kellen Cloud '08

Graduation: May 2008

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Graduate School: The University of West Georgia


How has the Reinhardt psychology program prepared you for your career or graduate school?

I feel prepared in the graduate school classes I am taking now at The University of West Georgia thanks to my Reinhardt psychology professors. The Research and Statistics class that Dr. DeAngelis taught has really helped me in my Assessment and Effective Use of Data class—considered one of the two hardest graduate classes for school counselors. I feel very prepared and knowledgeable about the subject matter compared to other students who have been in the graduate program for a while. Most students did not have such in depth coverage of information on statistics or writing reports in APA format from their undergraduate classes. 
Dr. Russell's Theories class has helped me to be prepared for the Counseling Theories class I am taking as well in graduate school. I am basically reviewing everything I already knew from taking Dr. Russell's class, so it makes the Theories class at UWG much easier.

How did the psychology faculty engage you and make learning interesting & purposeful?

I found the psychology classes at Reinhardt to be very helpful in preparing me for graduate school. The work load is similar, and I feel like I have a great foundation of information to bring to the classes I am taking in graduate school. The classes and professors have all served their purpose very well to me by preparing me for graduate school and enabling me to do as well as I did in my undergraduate studies. I feel completely and totally prepared on the material, the work load and the expectations of presenting good work.

What would you like to say to your psychology professors at Reinhardt?

I just wanted to say thank you very much to Dr. DeAngelis and Dr. Russell. I couldn't have asked to be more prepared and ready for graduate school. I owe it all to you both. Thank you so much!!!


Sean Holder '07

Graduation: May 2007

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Biology

Graduate School: Auburn University


Why did you chose to major in biology at Reinhardt?

I’ve been interested in the outdoors and the natural world for as long as I can remember, but there were very few options for college that would allow both a textbook understanding and a natural world understanding of biology. I chose to be a biology major at Reinhardt College because of the outdoor or field-based emphasis of the program. In many programs, a student is given the knowledge of a subject within the classroom, but this knowledge is rarely seen or understood outside of the classroom. Books can grant knowledge if one decides to ready them, but being in the environment that the book is trying to describe is often more important than the actual book.   

How did the professors mentor and guide you while you were at Reinhardt?

The professors served as both mentors and guides both in an academic or professional way and in a personal manner. I can name several periods during my 4 years at Reinhardt that I was in a professor’s office asking questions about either school or life. It was important to me to know that I was not just a “number” that could get lost in a system, but more of a person that was cared about at an individual level. These discussions ranged from religion, research, classes, student organization, work, and current issues.   

How did your experiences at Reinhardt prepare you for graduate school?

As a whole, my experience at Reinhardt prepared me to go onto graduate school with confidence of both my own knowledge and personal ability. These two items were developed within the classroom, but they were honed during my senior independent research with Dr. Steve Powers. I was given the ability to make and fix my own mistakes, to be treated as an equal researcher, and to get a small glimpse of what graduate school would look like for me. This in itself was important in my decision to go on for a graduate degree and the relationship that I developed with Dr. Powers is still one that continues today. 

What advice would you give to a freshman biology major?

My best advice to an incoming freshman or a current student at Reinhardt College, who is considering a degree in Biology, would be, “this is a program that will take dedication, a good work ethic, and perseverance to be successful at, but these are the same exact skills that will be needed to succeed in the next step of life – whether it is graduate degree or a full-time job. Challenge yourself with a program that continues to push students to their utmost potential, supports students both personally and academically, and allows for students to shine as individuals in their own interests.”


Christine Reilly '08

Graduation: May 2008

Degree: Associate of Science in Pre-Nursing

Nursing School: LaGrange College


Why did you choose to go into nursing? and specifically the program at Reinhardt?

I chose to go into nursing because I felt like it was what God wanted me to do. I want to be a missionary and I feel as though nursing is a universal trade that I can use all over the world.

I chose Reinhardt for many different reasons; The main reason was because my parents lived close so we could save money and I could live at home. Also, when I came for my first tour I absolutely fell in love with the campus and the people around. At Reinhardt I got involved REALLY fast. I was an Orientation Leader for two years; One of three Campus Ministry Interns; Chief of Staff for the SGA; Resident Assistant; and one of four Summer Camp Coordinators...and this was all in a 2 1/2 years time.

Describe your experiences as a student in Reinhardt's Pre-Nursing program. How did the professors and classes prepare you for nursing school?

I enjoyed Reinhardt's pre-nursing program. I made great friends through the program, one of which is actually my roommate here at LaGrange. We are both going through the nursing program here together.

The professors at Reinhardt taught me how to be assertive, which has helped me tremendously while in nursing school. They also gave me great encouragement throughout the program, continuing to challenge me to be a better student.

What would you tell a prospective student who is considering the Pre-Nursing program at Reinhardt?

Words of wisdom for going into the pre-nursing program or any nursing program in general: It's hard; I'm not going to lie. In the end, however, it will be so incredibly worth all the hard work. If nursing is the profession in which you REALLY want to be, then stay strong and don't give up. These past few years have been the hardest but the best years, and I wouldn't trade them for anything. 🙂


Dr. Donald Gregory
Associate professor of Sociology

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