August 2018 Undergraduate

Maylee LoftenMaylee Loften

Home Town: Fayetteville, Ark.
Tribe: Cherokee and Delaware Tribe of Indians
Scholarship: Wells Fargo
School: University of Arkansas
Major: Psychology
GPA: 3.375

I am excited to continue my sophomore year at the University of Arkansas majoring in Psychology. During my first three semesters, I have enjoyed classes in psychology, theater, sociology, anthropology, government, philosophy and Spanish among others. All of these classes have enhanced my understanding of people and society and the issues that affect us all. I hope to pursue a career as a licensed play therapist, working with children and families to process and heal emotional traumas. After completing my BA in Psychology, I will pursue a Masters in Counseling in order to become a licensed counselor specializing in play therapy. Whether in a school setting, therapeutic day care, or private practice, I look forward to using my training in play therapy to help the kids and families I have the opportunity to work with achieve healthier and more fulfilling lives.

I am honored to have recently been invited to apply for an undergraduate research opportunity at the University of Arkansas with a focus on opportunities for Native students. The summer research project will focus on sustainable food and water projects which are of great benefit and concern to Native populations.

I am interested in using research opportunities available to me as a student to study and advance issues of importance to the Native American community. Of particular interest to me is effective counseling approaches for Native American children and families. I would also love to seek out opportunities to intern within tribal territories in order to gain experience helping Native American children and families. Ultimately, it is my hope that my work in play therapy research and practice will help the counseling psychology community better understand and better assist Native American children and families live emotionally healthy lives.