Office Hours: Taylor Langley
Taylor Langley @taylorjlangley
Counseling Psychology Ph.D. student at Auburn University
M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Georgia Southern University
B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University
What inspired you to attend grad school?
Once I changed my major to psychology in undergrad and did my research and realized exactly what I wanted to do, I knew that I had to go to grad school in order to do that.
Tell me about your proudest grad school moment. Why was it special for you?
There were two. My first proudest moment occurred when I graduated with my masters degree and my second was when I got my first PhD acceptance. It was so special because I had worked so hard to get to that point and was just extremely proud of myself to see all of my hard work pay off.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten while in grad school?
It's a marathon not a race. If getting a PhD was easy, everyone would do it.
If you had to describe your Black grad experience with one song, which one would it be, and why?
So I don't have one song, but an album - A Seat at the Table by Solange.
This album dropped during my first semester in my PhD program, and it just speaks to my experience as a Black woman in America during the political climate and as a Black woman in a PhD program at a conservative PWI in the deep South.
What has been your biggest obstacle in grad school? What strategies have you used to try to overcome it?
Navigating my intersecting identities as a Black woman at a conservative PWI while staying true to myself. Since I obviously can't change the environment, it's been very important for me to surround myself with people that look like me that share similar experiences as myself.
What has this experience (pursuing a graduate degree) taught you about yourself?
That I am incredibly resilient.
If you could go back to the first day of grad school, what advice would you give to yourself? Why?
Don't do it, reconsider!! Jkjk. Be more flexible and go with the flow. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Trust the process, you will make it.
How do you think your identities have informed your graduate experience?
Identifying as Black and a woman, my research interests have been focused on studying the mental health of Black women, Black student-athletes, and overall all individuals within the Black community.
How do you intend to use your degree in the future?
I plan to go into private practice, work with collegiate and professional athletes as a sport psychologist, and engage in consulting/outreach.
What’s something that you would tell someone who is interested in pursuing a similar path?
Do you research and make sure that you want to do this. Getting a PhD in psychology is not for the weak. It will be hard and there will be several times that you want to quit, but see it through.