Ryan Cleary

Ryan Cleary

Psychology Major
Class of 2018
 

"For psychology, I realized that I had a real affinity for understanding and socializing with people, more individually, and that I'm very interested in helping other people get to a better place. I'm usually very supportive of my close friends and I've been often told I'd make a great therapist if I choose that as a career path."

Fall 2016 Semester

"I've had loads of experiences that have strengthened me intellectually and emotionally."

"I'm still driven to become a therapist, but I've learned more tools to help me become a better one in the future through classes and various experiences I've had during my college career. I've had loads of experiences that have strengthened me intellectually and emotionally. Working at the Wellness Center, taking as many related electives I can get my hands on, interning... and I plan on trying my best to experience more.

"Between last fall semester and now, I've become a Peer Health Educator, which I'm in love with and hope to make a difference on campus. It helps me connect with other students and allow them to feel more confident talking to their peers.

"I plan on trying my best to experience more."

"I'm looking into working at the Math Lab as well as a tutor, hopefully assisting other students further and in different ways. I've applied to and been accepted in the Psychology and Computer Science honors societies as well, and hope to get as involved as I can."

Fall 2015 Semester

"I decided to attend SJC, first off, because of how friendly the people are and what a rich learning experience students have here, with low faculty/student ratios and unbeatable learning opportunities. Also, it was a good financial option for me being offered the Presidential Grant and it being only within 30 minutes of my house. 

"For psychology, I realized that I had a real affinity for understanding and socializing with people, more individually, and that I'm very interested in helping other people get to a better place. I'm usually very supportive of my close friends and I've been often told I'd make a great therapist if I choose that as a career path. I learned a lot about my study habits and how well I interact with certain subjects. Also, I learned my capacity for spreading myself to different obligations before I start to burn myself out. I think most important for me personally, I learned about friendships and relationships, how to nurture them, and how to know it's time to let them go.

I would tell a student to come here if they really want to challenge themselves to grasp every opportunity they could, considering the opportunities almost handed to us here. Of course, that doesn't come free, they need to be worked for, but we are given so many awesome opportunities while we study to get our degrees. 

"[After SJC] I plan on going to grad school. I have the double major [Psychology and Computer Science], but psychology is my major of focus. I look to go for my Ph.D. in psychology and possibly have a teaching/counseling job focus in the future, or possibly research. If psychology doesn't end up being what's for me, I'll look to utilizing my computer science degree to land a good job, whatever that may be.

"I really wasn't sure what I wanted to be as a kid. I started off wanting to be a fireman like my dad, because he's my dad and I thought he was cool, and then I gravitated toward game design because I play a lot of video games, but in freshman year of high school, while beginning to understand myself as a person, I looked into psychology courses and found that I really enjoyed getting to know people, so I've been stuck to psychology since then.


Who was your favorite SJC professor?

"Probably Dr. Treboux. Our personalities connect very well and we share the same sense of humor. Aside from that, she has a really unique disposition; she is able to have a good laugh and make jokes, but she's a very sharp and intelligent woman and knows how and when to get things done when she puts her mind to it. She's just a real and genuine person."

What has been the biggest influence on your life?

"My mother hands down. While my father worked two jobs to support us, she has always stayed at home with my brother and I. She was the one who I could turn to whenever I needed a favor, and she would always (and still does) go out of her way for me. I can trust her with anything and she's a really strong-willed individual, which I constantly aspire to be as I grow. I hope to be as kind while simultaneously as strong as she is."

What is the best advice someone has ever given you?

"My mom, consistently telling me, 'Everything happens for a reason.' It's not something that I found to be good advice at first, actually. Continuously hearing this growing up, it became annoying, and I thought it was more of something to be used to sort of comfort me with a false hope, but in fact it became good advice as I grew older. I realized that if you continue to be who you are, who you truly are, and accept what you can't change and work to change what you can, the right people in your life will somehow find their way to you no matter what happens to you. Even if they leave, or you lose contact, they will find their way back to you. This also goes for certain events going on in your life, but not every thing that happens can be explained unfortunately. There could be a meaning and concise reason for most things, and possibly for some things, the reason they happen is because the chain of events beforehand, out of your control. We just have to find the meaning sometimes. "

Aside from content material, what is the best lesson a professor taught you in class?

"Definitely making connections and trying to build strong friendships here. I want to learn as much about myself and my potential as I possibly can."

What do you do in your spare time?

"I've played video games all of my life, since I was about 6, so that is my go-to for relaxation and entertainment. I also do yoga, not so much recently, but I plan on getting back into it. Art has always interested me, so I took classes in high school to improve my skills slightly and explore my artistic side and found I have some talent, which I hope to improve on eventually."

 


Favorite quote?

I can't remember the quote verbatim nor can I remember who said it, but it's something to the effect of:

"We are all part of the universe. We started out as the particles spread from a dying star to become what we are, and once we pass, we will return to being part of the universe and end up being something else."

I especially like this quote because while it minimizes our existence as human beings, it also allows you to think of how we matter no more but also no less than every single thing around us. It's quite an existential thought, but there's an odd comfort in knowing that the essence of our beings is integral to the order within the chaos of our universe.