Psychology Major Helps Youth


Miesha Adams-Mclean ’18 of Boston, Mass., started out as an athletic training major, but within a week of her arrival on campus, she discovered that psychology was the perfect fit for her.

With a minor in leadership, she envisions a career that allows her to work with young adults who may struggle economically, educationally or socially. With a desire to serve as a mentor to youth, she’s off to a great start.

Along with Kircys Canela ’18, Adams-Mclean runs a program called “E3.”  Each week, the program benefits some 10 local high school students who struggle with traditional studies, as it helps them to graduate from high school.

“We create different activities that help them gain leadership skills and to learn more about college and how to get there,” Adams-Mclean explained. “I definitely would love to continue to work with youth.”

According to Adams-Mclean, MCLA is best preparing her for success through multiple opportunities, as well as a great working space in which to conduct research and work on her assignments – the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation. “It’s a great place for a psychologist to study,” she said.

“MCLA also encourages students to participate in its Annual Undergraduate Research Conference, which allows us to broaden our knowledge in particular fields that we are interested in. It’s an amazing opportunity.”  

Adams-Mclean, who is fascinated in particular with the social aspects of psychology and how the field helps her to understand others, said her professors are the best part of her academic studies at MCLA. “They are so helpful, and they make each topic relatable and interesting.”

In addition to her class work, Adams-Mclean is involved in a number of activities at MCLA. She’s a member of the Dance Company and participates in intramural sports. She also helps referee a local girls’ basketball league each week. 

Last spring semester, she served as an orientation leader, as well as the exchange orientation leader for students who came from China to study at MCLA for a semester.

“Being an Orientation leader was amazing! I got to work with a diverse group of people who had different ways of leading and who lived completely different lives from my own. The finished product of our hard work was worth more than anything. Being an Orientation Leader is one of my proudest achievements,” Adams-Mclean said.

During her freshman year, she attended conferences of North East Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (NEACURH) and Northeast Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), held at Endicott College and North Dakota State University, where she attended multiple workshops put on by students from other colleges.

“Iwas able to use what they did on their campus, here at MCLA. It was pretty cool and a great way to network with people from all over the world,” she said.

Adams-Mclean loves MCLA, and recommends the campus to others.

“The best part about going to college here is being surrounded by nature and in a place that is not the city. I am able to focus on my work and still enjoy all the opportunities MCLA offers,” she said. “Come here with an open mind and a positive attitude. Everyone here is friendly and there are so many great opportunities here if you allow yourself to enjoy them.”