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2022-23 Eberly Scholars: Ayah Aldebyan

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Morgantown 

How did you choose your major? 

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Growing up, health class was always my favorite class, especially when the topic of mental health was discussed. I was in middle school when the importance of mental health was being discussed not only in school, but in the media as well. These discussions drew my interest in psychology and mental health. I started reading more about psychology and exploring more about the subject. I was fascinated with the information I learned about psychology. I knew that I wanted to study psychology before entering high school. I was also extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful AP Psychology teacher in high school. I learned so much from her and her class encouraged me to continue with my decision to pursue psychology as a major in college. 

How has your major prepared you for your future career? 

My future career goal is to hopefully work as a pediatrician while also working as a mental health therapist and doing research in clinical psychology. One way my major has prepared me for my future career was by allowing me to be involved in research. The Psychology department at WVU has many different types of research opportunities to allow students to be involved in research early on. I am currently in a psychology research lab that focuses on mental health and will be doing research as an AGE-ADAR Scholar. The Psychology major at WVU also requires students to take research method courses, which is extremely helpful to learn more about the research process. My major has helped me get involved in the type of research that I enjoy and hope to continue after college. The opportunities and experiences my major provided me will help me throughout college and afterward in a career in research.

Why would you recommend WVU to a family member or friend?  

One of the main reasons I would recommend WVU to a family member or friend is the supportive environment. WVU has the most supportive professors, mentors, and students. They are always pushing you to do your best and want you to be successful not only at WVU but outside of class as well. I would also recommend WVU because of the many ranges of opportunities they provide, no matter what your major or interests are. There are so many opportunities and professors on campus that are willing to help and work with you to reach your goals.

Do you have a favorite professor or instructor? What makes them special? 

Dr. Young has to be my favorite professor at WVU! I was super fortunate to have her as my instructor for both Biology 115 and 117 and learned so much in both courses. She is a wonderful professor and always makes her class engaging, informative, and enjoyable. She cares about all her students and really does want them to be successful. She is always willing to help and support her students. WVU is lucky to have such an amazing professor. 

What was your reaction when you found out you were an Eberly Scholar? How has this opportunity made a difference in your life? 

I was excited, honored, and grateful when I found out I was chosen as an Eberly Scholar. This opportunity made a difference by indicating that my hard work paid off. I will continue to work hard academically and use this opportunity to continue to work toward my goals.

About Eberly Scholars

In association with the ongoing generosity of the Eberly family, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board established the Eberly Scholars program in 1988. Each year, up to 25 students majoring in the arts and sciences are designated as Eberly Scholars. They are provided with scholarship support in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement. This award is the Eberly College’s most prestigious scholarship honor for undergraduate students.

Meet all of this year's Eberly Scholars.