Adoley Thedison found her calling on television. She was watching The Game (2006–2015) when she saw how much a psychologist helped a mother and son just by talking to them. Adoley could relate—people seemed to always come to her to talk about their challenges. She had a knack for listening and helping them find solutions. What if she could be professionally trained and make this her career?
Once she got to the Georgian Court campus, she found Women in Leadership Development (WILD). In the group, she found both a sense of community and the potential to make a difference in people’s lives—one of her recurring themes and passions.
From there, Adoley took on more leadership roles. She became president of the GCU chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon, an honor society created to recognize the academic achievements of students admitted to colleges and the universities through nontraditional criteria. She also became president of the Black Student Union, a member of the Mercy Collegiate Society, and a participant in the TRIO–Student Support Services (TRIO–SSS) program, which provides a variety of services to foster academic achievement and personal success.
“During my time at Georgian Court, I’ve seen myself grow,” she says. “I feel like everybody here is so willing to help anybody. When it comes to academics, you can always find somebody that’s going to help you. You can make great friends. It’s just a good environment.”
Graduating with her psychology degree, Adoley is headed to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC, for a five-year graduate program to earn her doctorate in psychology. From there, she wants to go into private practice, where she can help people. The leadership roles she took on during her undergraduate years were an important part of her helping her achieve her goals, she says.
“I feel like it’s helping me to become a psychologist, because I have to be a leader, to be able to talk to people about their problems, and have them be comfortable in talking to me about whatever may be bothering them,” she says. “So, those leadership roles helped me develop skills that I can keep for a lifetime.”
Story contributed by Gwen Moran.