One UT Austin student found her way to psychology through familial influence, overlapping interests and an acute sense of empathy.
For Patty Sanchez, a senior from Brownsville, Texas, the road to psychology began at a young age.
In sixth grade, she was selected to be a peer mediator for her fellow classmates, someone who administrators thought would be more relatable and easier to talk to than typical authority figures at school. The experience helped her develop an interest in counseling and taught her a basic truth.
“I realized how much I could help people just by being present and listening,” Patty said.
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