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Millsaps Senior Motivated to Excel by Her Friends, Professors, and Peers

by Web on April 24, 2017

When Grace Anne McGill looks back over her four years at Millsaps College, she knows her decision to attend Millsaps was the right one.

She learned how to use her time wisely and balance academics, work, and all of her many activities both on and off campus.

“Always being busy with school, activities, and my jobs has prepared me for the real world,” said McGill, a senior from Shreveport, La., who is majoring in psychology with a minor in business administration.

After graduation, she will attend the Louisiana State University School of Allied Health Professions and pursue a master’s degree in communication disorders. “I want to work either in a clinical setting or a school setting with children,” she said.

McGill solidified her choice of career during an internship at Laskin Therapy Group in Ridgeland.

“My main duties of my internship were note-taking on behaviors of the children I observed and trying to communicate with them through special activities and games,” she said. “I took notes on what they did, how they reacted to the therapist, and things the therapist did to engage them in the therapy session.

“I learned to use special communication devices that a therapist relies on to interact with clients who are nonverbal. I also learned some of the terminology used in the speech language pathology field so that I would be more accustomed to it before graduate school.”

McGill, who has developed a strong work ethic, said her friends, peers, and professors have motivated her to do her best, whether juggling demands of Greek life, playing intramural flag football or soccer, or presenting a research paper.

A member of Kappa Delta sorority, McGill has served as vice president of operations, vice president of community service, and assistant vice president of public relations.

She is one of the leaders of Foundations, which helps freshmen adjust to college life, and works as a presidential ambassador. She is also a student worker in the Psychology Department and for the Millsaps Opportunity Club Athletic Tutoring Service.

McGill has earned membership in Psi Chi Psychology Honorary for which she serves as president, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honorary, Order of Omega Greek leadership honorary, and Sigma Lambda service honorary.

McGill and fellow Millsaps student Lauren Gaddie received first place for their poster on “Effects of Media on Women’s Judgements of Men’s Attractiveness” during a competition at Millsaps in their class, Research Methods in Psychology. They were invited to present their findings at the Mississippi Psychological Association Research Conference.

McGill said she has enjoyed her years at Millsaps because it is easy to get to know professors and meet new friends, and she has gained new perspectives.

“Millsaps has opened my eyes to new experiences,” she said. “I have been a part of many different political, religious, and cultural experiences other than the ones associated with my own beliefs. Being a part of these events has really changed my perspective on things and has taught me to be more open and accepting of others.

“For the last two years, I have participated in the Millsaps Masala Diwali Festival. Before I came to Millsaps, I had never even heard of the Diwali Festival,” she said. “But after attending my freshman and sophomore years, I decided to volunteer to be in one of the dances my junior and senior year. Though it was nerve-racking to perform on stage, it was really fun to get to participate another group’s cultural event.”