Angelyn Stanton is taking the knowledge she gained from her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in sport and exercise science from Cumberland University to help some of our region’s most vulnerable people. As a care manager at Mental Health Cooperative (MHC), Angelyn works with children as young as three years old to adults in their twilight years — all at or below the poverty level. MHC is a nationally-recognized behavioral health agency that incorporates intensive community-based case management, psychiatric clinic, psychotherapy, and 24-hour emergency services into an integrated system of care.
My professors made sure I was ready to go into my field.
Graduate: Master of Sports & Exercise Science
Extracurricular: CU Volleyball
Employer: Mental Health Cooperative
Advice: Don’t let the small campus scare you. It’s one of the best things! Oh, and it’s OK to not know what you want to do. You will have great help here at CU.
In her role, Angelyn visits her patients where they live, making sure they are successful in their treatment. It is her goal to help them see “there is life without diagnoses — that they can actually live a successful life without the outside knowing that they’ve struggled with mental illness before.” Lately, Angelyn has been working to introduce an exercise component into MHC’s program. Their services are holistic in that they not only focus on a person’s mental health but physical health as well. “Exercise can help a person’s mental health by relieving stress and releasing endorphins. I would love to see this special program grow.” With a master’s degree in exercise science from CU, she is well-equipped to make that happen.
Reflecting on her experience at Cumberland, she found the campus warm and welcoming, but admits she “had no earthly idea” what she wanted to major in when she was a freshman. After several classes, her professors helped her figure out that psychology was her calling. She was on the volleyball team and was an assistant coach her senior year, so physical health was top of mind. Her coach even became her mentor. After graduating, she started to pursue a master’s degree at another university, but shortly after, one of her CU professors reached out to let her know that a master’s program in sport and exercise science would be starting. “I quickly came back to Cumberland, and I’m glad I did because I got some really great hands-on experience. My professors made sure I was ready to go into the field.”
Her advice to current high school seniors considering Cumberland University: “Don’t let the small campus scare you. It’s one of the best things! Oh, and it’s OK to not know what you want to do. You will have great professors, and even other students, who will help you.”
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