COLA Connections Newsletter: October 2013

Tiffany Bridgett: Eat, Think, Live Liberal Arts

A Psychology/Pre-Med student, Tiffany Bridgett insists that RIT chose her. After a life changing experience in high school, and skipping her senior year completely to attend Gallaudet University, Bridgett transferred to RIT for her second year. "I just knew it was meant to be," she says, "COLA was my choice of school because RIT has its reputation of excellence and I wanted to put my liberal self to good use." Bridgett trusted RIT’s education to teach and challenge her and says that the experience has made her a better person.

When asked if she thinks her liberal arts major at RIT is different than a similar major at a traditional liberal arts school, Bridgett agreed. "I believe that psychology is different at RIT COLA because the school encourages critical thinking, scientific writing, and advanced ideas with scholar support provided," she said. The school "prepares you for challenges. They don’t just teach you content, they make sure you eat, think, and live it."

In her last year at RIT, Bridgett says that her favorite class has been Scientific Writing. "When I was writing my paper on the (possible) Co-morbidity of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Hoarding, I realized that I really did have the skills to actually do research and write articles on new-found concepts and possibilities of integration and solutions," she said. The experience has given her better confidence to do what she wants to after graduation, "which is to become a role model in the psychiatry world" with her name "known for making some radical, important changes that have been long overdue." After this statement, however, Bridgett said she doesn’t make plans for the future.

"I don’t make plans," she said, " life always surprises me with its own plan for me. However, I will take the MCAT, possibly move to Texas and find a job, then maybe travel around the world in the meanwhile." Bridgett, who is in her early 20’s says she wants to explore before "sacrificing her soul to the medical world." She insists that she makes this statement without any bitterness, saying she is "more than enthusiastic to sacrifice after everything life has done" for her. "The most wonderful thing one can do is to give back and help the world become a better place, whether it be a small or big difference.