Preparing to Help Others

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Perlene Keller hanging out with friends at Turtle Rock Cafe.

Transfer student Perlene Keller hopes to become a doctor of psychology. 

By Micaela Myers 

When Perlene Keller of Worland, Wyo., was attending high school in Riverton, she lost three friends to suicide and says that the number of students attempting suicide has continued to rise. This prompted her to abandon her original plan to become a lawyer and instead to major

in psychology.

“I couldn’t stand to watch and wait for people I cared about to die such a heartbreaking death,” she says.

Keller first attended Central Wyoming College, graduating with her associate degree before transferring to the University of Wyoming. Hundreds of transfer students join UW each year, making up a large percentage of the total student population.

“The transfer experience was seamless for me when it came to paperwork,” she says. “There weren’t any problems with my transcripts, and signing up for classes was easy. In terms of adjusting to living on my own for the first time, it was difficult, but I was able to find a community quickly, which made the transition easier.”

Her advice to other transfer students includes selecting and applying to four-year universities early so that you can see what requirements you need to fulfill and looking for housing well in advance. Don’t forget that there are many on-campus housing options at UW as well, Keller says. Once you’ve transferred, keep in mind that your UW GPA is an important factor for program admissions and scholarships.

At UW, Keller is continuing to pursue her psychology degree while also joining the Honors College. She hopes to eventually earn her Ph.D.

“As an honors student, I love the variety of fun courses they offer,” Keller says. “For example, Wyoming Walkabout with Paul Taylor is easily the best class I’ve taken here at UW. You gain a deep appreciation for the land around you while discovering details about yourself that you may have missed before.”

She also enjoys attending the Cowboy Country Swing dance club most Thursdays to learn new dances and have fun, noting it’s a great way to socialize and exercise.

You can read additional advice from Keller throughout this issue of UWyo Magazine, including “My Biggest Challenge”. (add link to article)

While Keller chose UW because it is affordable and offers her degree program, she now appreciates its many other attributes, such as engaging activities around campus. She says, “The university has gained my love and appreciation.”

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