Mandy Meng Lü ’14 has spent the last four years in the doctor of psychology (PsyD) program at the University of Indianapolis. For the 2018-19 academic year, she’s headed even farther west.
“An internship is the psychology equivalent of a medical residency,” Mandy explains. “I’m thrilled to be a future intern at the University of Oregon.”
A Psychology major and Chemistry minor, Mandy came to Guilford by way of the small town of Huanan in the Northeastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang. She was accepted into the Honors Program, and along with her mentor and the program’s director, Professor Heather Hayton, she helped revamp the honors process.
“It was exciting to help Mandy find her passion while in the Honors Program and at Guilford College, Heather says, “I'm thrilled to see her making her dreams a reality. She will be a force for good, and has found a way to use her talents to improve the lives of others.”
Mandy also cites Chemistry Professor Anne Glenn as instrumental in her development. “She’s far more than simply an effective teacher. She incorporates professionalism and advice on invaluable experiences, like internships, into her approach to advising.”
Mandy’s flair for science is one of the many things Guilford helped her cultivate, including a love of dance. She was exposed to different dance styles, including a Zumba course she took for credit! “I also started contra dancing while at Guilford,” she says. Contra dancing is a type of line dance, done in pairs.
One of Guilford’s select Bonner Scholars, Mandy also spent a significant amount of time volunteering in the community. “I learned a lot from my interactions with underserved communities,” she says, “which ultimately helped me determine that I wanted to go into Psychology.”