Member since: Student affiliate since
Looking to specialize: Duncan
just earned her bachelor of science in
psychology with a focus on counseling
from Northern Kentucky University. As
a mother of three children in Florence,
Kentucky, she has decided to be a full-time mom while she researches graduate
programs in nutrition science. In the
not-too-distant future, she wants to go
back to school to learn more about how
the foods people eat can improve — or
impair — their lives.
“I believe that what we consume
plays a vital role in our energy levels,
Her goal is to counsel people in
nutrition, especially those seeking
treatment for eating disorders.
Drawn to psychology: From a young
age, Duncan knew she wanted to have
a career in a helping profession, but
it wasn’t until college that “I realized
psychology was the path I needed to
take to make that a reality,” she says. Her
strengths, she says, are listening to others
and helping them reach a solution.
Greatest challenge about
psychology: Though Duncan loves
psychology, she found the research
aspect of her training to be frustrating.
“I discovered that you often don’t get the
anticipated outcome in your research.
It usually takes more than one attempt,
revisions to the measures and many
other influencing factors. So I’ve learned
that in order to be a good research
scientist, it takes a lot of critical thinking
Mom on a mission: For now, her
priority is her family. “My husband
and my three boys inspire me to be the
person I aim to be,” she says. “I want my
boys to grow up knowing that they can
accomplish anything if they truly believe
they can do it. I want to be that example
Being a strong and successful mother
also requires her to take care of herself.
That means getting up early to work
out or read and drink coffee before her
family wakes. She admits it’s not always
easy to put herself first. “I still have to
take a step back and remind myself that I
don’t have to be everything to everyone,”
Her favorite mode of stress relief is
Crossfit, a strength and conditioning
program and competitive fitness sport.
“The sense of community and support
that it inspires is akin to therapy,” she
says. “All of the members complete the
same challenging workouts, and we lift
up and encourage each other to complete
them. I feel like it gives me strength and
determination in all aspects of life.”
— Sara Martin
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Duncan with her husband and three boys.