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Q&A with Nina Metaxas ‘23 (Psychology)

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Leading up to May Commencement, we’re asking some of our graduates to tell us about their experience as Greyhounds and where their journey will lead them next. Meet May 2023 graduate Nina Metaxas who will receive a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with Honors and pre-occupational therapy concentrations at the end of this semester!

Why did you choose to study Psychology?

I chose to pursue a degree in Psychology due to my interest in the field of occupational therapy. With the plan to go into this career following graduation, I knew that having a background in the functioning of the brain and development would be vital in my future studies. 

Why did you choose to study at UIndy?

Coming from a family with several UIndy alumni, I spent the majority of my life coming to UIndy for everything from my sister’s events to homecoming tailgates. It only felt natural that when it was my turn to decide on a college, UIndy was the only option that made sense. I learned about the excellent programs and professors and, from past positive experiences, it already felt like home!

Are there any faculty or staff members who have significantly impacted your time at UIndy? If so, who are they and how did they influence you?

Truly, my favorite part about UIndy hands-down has been the professors. Throughout every part of education I have felt supported by them. While so many have been integral in my UIndy journey, some that truly were there for me time and time again (including weekends!) were Dr. Michael Poulakis, Dr. James B. Williams, and Dr. Stephen Zimmerly.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at UIndy?

My favorite memory at UIndy is sitting in hammocks with my friends on Smith Mall on the first warm day of the spring semester, while we got to watch dogs play by the canal. 

What are your plans after graduation? 

Following graduation, I will be beginning my Occupational Therapy Doctorate degree through Indiana University in Indianapolis. I could not be more excited to grow as a student and continue on the path to becoming an occupational therapist!

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

My advice to incoming freshmen would be to get to know your professors! It really starts with just a simple ‘thank you’ after each class, but it can quickly turn into meaningful and lasting relationships that can make such a positive impact on your education.