A Degree and a Ring
CLASS OF 2015
Chanda Smith earned her Bachelor of science degree in Psychology from Wayland in December of 2015. She started on a Master of Arts in Counseling the following spring with a desire to use her skills with the FBI or another law enforcement agency, or to help individuals with special needs.
Smith came to Wayland’s Plainview campus from Bedford, Texas, where she had been home schooled and then attended classes at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth. She decided to come to Wayland during the summer of 2013 after visiting Plainview to help her brother care for his children. Her mom, who knew Mabel and Mary Adams (Dr. Wayland’s daughter and granddaughter, respectively), suggested she take a tour of the Plainview campus. She was very nervous about leaving home and her parents, but God had other plans and she started classes during the Fall 2013 semester. Originally, she intended to be an Occupational Therapist, but her science classes helped her decide to pursue psychology, with the goal of a counseling license, instead.
Smith reports that she found “amazing friends” at Wayland and has been “truly encouraged by the faculty and staff who really show they care.” Her most memorable moment at Wayland didn’t occur until after she graduated in December 2015 - with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Biology - when her boyfriend proposed as part of her graduation party. “Guess it really is Wedding Bells University,” she laughed.
When asked how Wayland prepared her for life after college, she replied that one of the things she learned was that “just because you aren’t blood doesn’t mean you aren’t family. Always find a person in your classes so that if you miss a day or you don’t understand something you can always lean on them for help.” Her other advice for graduating seniors and other recent alumni is “Never be afraid to ask for help; you can’t do it all on your own. Keep up with projects and never leave things until the last minute. A personal calendar can be a very handy tool for keeping up with things, whether work, school or personal.”