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Hard work and an early start yield a speedy December graduation for Mallory Long
By Tallie Dameron
As the semester is winds down, senior Mallory Long is finishing up her time at Radford University. Long will graduate this December with a double major in Psychology and Communication Studies. Others may wonder how it’s possible that she’s graduating early with a double major.
“I completed a whole year of college during my junior and senior year of high school because I took online classes through the community college at home in Wythe County. Once I graduated high school in 2014, I went to a community college for a year and got my Associate’s Degree,” Long explained.
She transferred to Radford University in the fall of 2015 and only needed to take the classes necessary for her psychology major to graduate. Long could have graduated in the spring of 2016, but being the hard worker she is, she picked up another major in communication studies and is now graduating this December.
On top of her full workload, Long is an active member of Sigma Kappa and is vice president of scholarship for the sorority. With that position, she helps keep members accountable for their grades by doing whatever it takes to make sure everyone is reaching their full academic potential.
“It gets busy being active in Greek Life while focusing on graduating early, but it truly is worth it. I’ve met some amazing people because of this organization,” Long said.
A typical week for Long consists of going to her five classes, doing work as vice president of scholarship for her organization, studying for the Graduate Record Exam needed for graduate school, attending lab meetings for research experience, and hanging out with friends when she has extra time.
She is busy studying for the Graduate Record Exam because she’s planning on applying to graduate school sometime in the near future. “I honestly don’t know if I’ll apply this year, but I want to apply for graduate school at Virginia Tech, Liberty University, or Radford eventually,” Long explained. She plans on working for about a year after graduation, and then applying to graduate school after she has had some time off.
When Long starts searching for a career, she wants to work in the field of organizational psychology, which primarily focuses on the workplace and management working styles. She is hoping her communication studies major will help her succeed in her career by helping her have more knowledge on how people communicate.
Senior year can be a stressful time for students trying to plan their future. “My advice for upcoming seniors is to not waste the time you have left in college. Whether or not you are excited to be done with college, just try to enjoy the time you have left,” Long said.