Even greener pastures ahead

Graduating students share what experiences helped them during their time at UAB

 Emma Owen
Blazer News Reporter
emmaowen@uab.edu

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Photo courtesy of Carter Pharis 

Carter Pharis, senior in kinesiology with a concentration in physical education K-12 and No. 5 on the roster, said his experiences of his athletic career is something he will carry with him forver.   “I will miss the brotherhood of spending every day with my teammates and playing the game of baseball,” Pharis said, Pharis said throughout his time at UAB, he was involved in organizations that connected him with his teammates. “Being involved in SAAC gave me the opportunity to connect with all of our student-athletes and participate in [community service],” Pharis said, In addition to his involvement with SAAC, Pharis said the fellowship among his teammates significantly impacted his life. “I have been involved in a Bible study with our team for all four years of school,” Pharis said. “The Bible studies were an amazing time and getting to see my teammates grow in their walk with Christ is something I will always cherish.” Pharis said he looks forward for what his future has in store. “After graduation, I would love to play professional baseball, but if that is not what God wants me to do then I want to teach physical education at the middle school or high school level, and coach basketball or baseball,” Pharis said,

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Photo courtesy of Harley Chapin 

Harley Chapin, senior in graphic design with a minor in communications, said UAB prepared her for whatever her future has in store. Harley Chapin, senior in graphic design with a minor in communications, said UAB prepared her for whatever her future has in store. “I honestly don’t know what I am going to be doing,” Chapin said, “I know I want to be a graphic designer, I just haven’t decided on where yet. My graphic design classes all helped build up my portfolio and [gave me] constructive criticism.” Throughout her collegiate career, Chapin said she has enjoyed her time being involved in different organizations on and off campus.  Chapin said these activities have had a major influence on her life.  “[Having] a gallery with some of my work displayed [at AEIVA] was amazing,” Chapin said. “I love being able to see the hard work in person. Through these things and The Miss America Organization, I have been influenced by the people around me. It’s amazing to see what others can do and know that you can do it too.” As graduation approaches, Chapin said she is feeling many emotions. “[I am feeling] anxiety and relief,” Chapin said. “I have so much that has to be done now, so I’m stressing over that, like every college student. But I am relieved because I know that I can handle what is out there. I have a professor that has taught me how to handle almost anything that comes my way.”

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Photo courtesy of Kylie Woodman 

Kylie Woodman, senior in psychology and communication management said her involvement on campus assisted in her post-graduation path.  Kylie Woodman, senior in psychology and communication management said her involvement on campus assisted in her post-graduation path.  “I’ve worked in The Parenting Challenges with Kids Lab ever since I got to UAB,” Woodman said. “This has prepared me for a path to graduate school.” Woodman said she has proudly dedicated her years at UAB to impacting student lives as a resident assistant.  “Creating a community dynamic in the residence halls has always been important to me,” Woodman said. “I want [my residents] to feel like they belong here and are supported.” Among the many organizations Woodman is involved in, she said she found her desire for promoting mental health on the Suicide Prevention Taskforce and Student Counselling Services. In regard to her future career, Woodman said persistence was key, as she applied for many jobs before finding her perfect fit. “A lot of people get discouraged after their first few applications,” Woodman said. “It is definitely a long process, but it’s worth it.” Woodman said that she is feeling many emotions for the next chapter of her life.  Woodman said she recently responded to a job offer and will soon be working before beginning graduate school for clinical psychology. “I will be employed as a research assistant at Yale,” Woodman said. “I will be working on one of my favorite studies, the ABCD Study, which follows the development of children ages 9-18 years old.”

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Photo courtesy of William Bathurst 

“My time at UAB taught me independence,” said William Bathurst, master’s student in communications. “It taught me to take responsibility for myself.”  “My time at UAB taught me independence,” said William Bathurst, master’s student in communications. “It taught me to take responsibility for myself.” Bathurst, #25 on the basketball team, said his experience playing basketball allowed him to serve as an example to others. “[I am] always trying to be a positive role model,” Bathurst said. “It’s important to set an example for how students should [behave] here at UAB.” Bathurst also said bonding with his teammates made his time here special.  “If I’m with them, I’m constantly laughing,” Bathurst said. “I made life-long friends here.” Regarding his future, Bathurst said he feels nothing but excitement. “I’m not nervous at all, it’s a new chapter in my life and I’m excited to see what’s next,” Bathurst said. “I will be doing an internship, [ARC Realty] and then I will get into commercial real-estate after that.” Bathurst said he advises those following in his footsteps to maintain a positive attitude to get through the ups and downs of life. “In life, things aren’t always going to go your way,” Bathurst said. “You’re not always going to know what comes next, but if you just stay positive and work with what comes to you, you’ll be fine.” Bathurst said that through hard work and dedication, he hopes to thrive in his future career. “I always try to be the best that I can be and put in a lot of work, no matter what I do,” Bathurst said.

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