Contemplating her options, Maya visited to see if Guilford was the school for her. “It was very apparent from my first visits that Guilford was a school I wanted to attend,” she says. “It had a sense of community, and the College’s open-minded and accepting values made it stand out.”
Maya, a Psychology major, Sociology and Criminal Justice double minor, and Honors student, says she discovered her passion during a time she was dealing with some personal issues.
“It wasn’t until after I turned 15 that I realized what I wanted to do with my life. It was during this time that I began to struggle with my mental health,” she explains. “I was in an extremely dark place, to the point where I was actually hospitalized and diagnosed with anxiety and depression.”
As Maya began her own recovery process, she noticed her interest in the human psyche.
“Not only did I want to understand my own thoughts and feelings, I wanted to help others understand theirs,” she says. “I want to be someone that people trust their darkest moments with, a person that shows them someone cares and genuinely wants to help them in their recovery.”