Gary Evans

Applied Psychology 2018

Special Recognition: December 2016 Student of the Month

Semester of anticipated graduation:
April 2018

Career goal:
I want to open up my own psychology practice some day and specialize in marriage or couples counseling, as well as domestic violence. I would not mind branching out for people who suffer from severe trauma from natural or terror-related disasters such as tornadoes, earthquakes, terrorism, fires, etc.

Tell us a little about yourself and your life:
I grew up and attended several colleges in the 1980s in St. Louis, Missouri. I tried out for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and almost made the major leagues. I taught hitting, fielding and throwing for the scouting program in the 80s. In addition, I have always been a painter, but also worked in sales and marketing and led companies serving as the vice president. I chose psychology since I have helped so many people throughout the years. I have been in Florida since 2000 have rescued Dalmatians for more than 25 years.

What are your hobbies/extracurricular activities?
I play a lot of softball and have my own team that I sponsor and manage. We also play in tournaments. I am also a drummer. 

What has been your favorite class at Hodges University?
Professor Liana Calderin is one of my professors in which I may work for some day along the road to my own practice. She is a counselor for domestic violence in Fort Myers. She teaches deviant psychology along with other psychology courses, and I have had her twice now. I also enjoyed my computer class with Professor Stewart Carter. These are the kinds of instructors I enjoy and learn from the most.  They are patient and knowledgeable, and they are understanding of life in general and schoolwork. 

Who are some of your favorite professors and why?
My favorite professors are the two I mentioned along with Dr. Janice Clarkson. She is awesome, and just like the others, she has such a big heart. She teaches Forensic Psychology, and I just finished her class. She is so understanding and patient, as well and humble in the way she teaches, which makes it easy and less stressful to learn. 

What does receiving a degree at Hodges mean to you?
I will most likely shed a tear from pure exhaustion after getting this degree; however, it is only a small step to where I am going and want to go. I want to earn my master’s degree, but plan to work in the field after earning my bachelor’s and maybe teach high school or even a college class or two. It means the world to me to get my degree.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students who are considering Hodges University?
I would say, stay positive, stay strong and remember it is not how many hits you take or punches life throws at you, it is how you keep moving forward and moving on from those hits and knocks in life. I would say, get organized, get a system in place and stick to it. Be disciplined and use your time wisely, as you don't get that minute back. I would say, treat every day as if it is your last one here and leave your mark on the world because you don't know when God needs you in Heaven, so take care of as many people as you can and make everyone laugh. Pay it forward and smile as often as you can. You never get ahead if you never take that chance, and you will not ever reach the possible without going through the impossible first. 

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