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2022-23 Eberly Scholars: Sydney Hogarth

Major: Psychology
Minors: Criminology and Forensic & Investigative Science
Hometown: Catonsville, MD

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How did you choose your major?

I’ve always felt the drive to help people. In high school, I took an AP psychology class and fell in love with it. I knew right then and there that psychology was a great way that I could make a difference in others’ lives. However, I was also interested in law and the criminal justice system. When researching different specialties in psychology, I came across forensic psychology and knew that was the perfect career for me. So, I decided to do a double minor in criminology and forensics as well.

How have you changed since your first year at WVU?

My first year at WVU was a learning experience because I was doing things completely on my own for the first time. Since my first year, I have become much more independent. I don’t feel the need to rely on other people for things that I am capable of doing myself. I have also learned to speak up for myself more. When I first came to WVU, I was scared to share my opinions and thoughts in fear that others would judge me. But after being at WVU for a year, I have learned that it is okay to speak your mind. WVU has taught me that my opinions are not only valuable, but also appreciated.

What was your most memorable moment at WVU?

My most memorable moment at WVU was during first week here. It was when I made some of my best friends. I was able to explore the campus and try things that were out of my comfort zone. With my first week being before classes started, it gave me time to acclimate to campus life and feel like I was a part of WVU before the stress of the semester began.

What makes you feel connected to WVU?

The community in Morgantown has made me feel connected to WVU. Before coming here, I knew nothing about WVU. I was from out-of-town and had no family that previously attended. Since coming here, I have met amazing people who have taught me what it really means to be a Mountaineer. The students, faculty, and the people in the community have been so welcoming. I immediately felt that I was where I belonged. WVU feels like home away from home.

What have been your keys to success?

There are really two things that have been my keys to success. First, you have to try your hardest. There are going to be times where you do not feel like putting all of your effort into something. But those moments are when you really have to tell yourself that if you put in your all, the product will be something that you will be proud to share. Second, and probably the most important key to my success, was just being myself. I found that if I tried too hard to be or do something that was not me, I would come out flat. By being myself, I have been able to build connections with people who have helped motivate me to succeed.

What does it mean to be a Mountaineer?

To be a Mountaineer means that you a part a community; a community where you are supported and encouraged to thrive. It means pushing your limits, both academically and personally, to be the best you that you can be. Being a Mountaineer is not just something you are during your time at WVU, but something you will carry for the rest of your life and be proud to share.

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

WVU has become my home away from home. It is where I have not only grown in my education, but I have grown as a person. WVU has allowed me to try out new things, explore new places, and meet new people. WVU is where I have found my “forever friends” and it has allowed me to make memories that will last a lifetime. Not to mention, everywhere I go I seem to find a fellow mountaineer who is just as enthusiastic about WVU as I am.

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

Dr. Wozniak has been my favorite professor at WVU. I had Dr. Wozniak as a professor for my Criminal Justice class. He always found a way to make class interesting. Not only was he a great professor, but he is also someone who I know supports me in my academic career. He is not afraid to go out of his way when he feels that a student deserves recognition for all their hard work. He makes his students feel that the work they are doing is being appreciated. Even though I do not have him as a professor anymore, I know that I can still go to him if needed. He goes beyond the duties as an educator to make sure that his students succeed.

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

When I found out that I was selected to be an Eberly Scholar, I felt pride in myself. This opportunity has made me feel that all the hard work I have put into my education is finally worth it. This opportunity has made a difference in my life because it has reminded me that I do have the ability to succeed. It gives me motivation to keep working towards my goals and reminds that the end result will be worth it.

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.