#PrepareAtPeace: Josie Carmona ’14 Discusses Graduate School & Time at WPU

April 7, 2016

“I knew I wanted to go to graduate school, but I didn’t really know what to focus on,” said Josie Carmona, smiling as she looked into her webcam.

A brief moment of uncertainty rushed over her face before a light bulb seemed to turn on and her thinking shifted.

“Seriously, Dr. M-P guided me. She said that I would be amazing at this; that I needed to do this. So, I looked into social work and it’s been kind of perfect.”

Carmona, a graduate of the class of 2014, is not shy about her feelings toward WPU. If you talk to her for more than a few minutes about her time in undergrad, a few common themes pop up:  the friendships she fostered, her relationships with faculty members, and most importantly –Psychology professor, Dr. Kayce Meginnis-Payne, or “Dr. M-P.”

“The intimacy of the classrooms and the friendships you gain with professors – that’s all you can really ask for.”

“M-P is definitely the most amazing, strong-willed professor I’ve ever had. She will teach you what’s right and wrong, and help shape your opinions and values,” Carmona said gleefully, her smile beaming wide as she thought of her days in a Peace classroom. “She’ll teach you things you never expected to learn in undergrad. She is with me every single day, and I quote her more than I probably should.”

Carmona studied psychology while attending WPU, where she developed a strong connection and apprenticeship with the tenured professor. Just a year after graduating, Josie was accepted into the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work, a success she largely credits to the faculty and staff at WPU, and more importantly – guess who – Dr. M-P.

“She had a ton of connections and put me in touch with people to prep for the interviews. She was pretty amazing.”

When asked about what she missed about WPU, Josie was quick to point out the stark contrast between her Alma Mater and larger schools – saying she missed the personal touch of Peace.

“The professors at WPU give you insight, and when you have stories to link to things and experiences, it’s so much easier to learn and so much more intriguing. The intimacy of the classrooms and the friendships you gain with professors – that’s all you can really ask for.”

Carmona plans to work in clinical counseling at UNC Hospital or Duke Hospital, where she hopes to counsel people with terminal illnesses. She is expected to graduate in 2018 after two years of field placement.

For more success stories on WPU alumni and recent graduates, search #PrepareAtPeace on social media, or visit: www.peace.edu/news.