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Thomas Williams ('14)
Honours psychology student and Gold A winner Thomas Williams was selected by his peers as the 2014 Valedictorian.

Williams has been accepted to Carleton University for his master’s in psychology and plans to pursue a career in educational psychology.

Williams came to Mount Allison for its small size and the ability to get to know his professors and students so well.

“I’m from Miramichi so it was a comfortable distance for me to go for my undergraduate degree. I actually decided that I wanted to study psychology in high school. I was interested in studying human behaviour and also wanted to help people. I believe that to help people, you have to understand them first, which is why psychology has worked so well for me.”

Williams has been involved with LINKS (Linking Language to Learning) program at Salem Elementary School since his first year. LINKS is a program that pairs Mount A students with Salem students, volunteering as tutors on a set literacy program. He was the first student co-ordinator of the program and one of its first student volunteers overall.

“This experience was also part of my honours thesis, Linking Language to Literacy: Factors predicting success within a response to intervention model, that I worked on with my supervisor Dr. (Gene) Ouellette. I worked through the program to test several components of children’s literacy levels before entering LINKS and then did follow-up testing at the end of the semester. I analyzed the results to write my thesis this past semester.”

In addition to LINKS, Williams volunteered as the community service co-ordinator for the Mount Allison Students’ Union (MASU), matching up student volunteers with local voluntary and non-profit organizations. He also served on the executive for Change Your Mind, a student group committed to raising awareness about mental health on campus.