“Clayton State University made it possible for me to pursue my passion in the fields of counseling and psychology. Without each of the faculty members and staff in the department of Psychology, I would not be where I am today,” proclaims alumnus C. Bryan Burgess.
Clayton State University made Burgess’ dreams real three times over. Burgess graduated from Clayton State twice, first in 2010 with his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Human Services and again in 2013 with his Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. He now serves as an adjunct instructor with the Department of Psychology at Clayton State University.
“Bryan has become a valued member of our DRC (Disability Resource Center) family,” comments Louise Bedrossian, the director for the DRC, “I have watched his skills and knowledge expand during his education period, but also delighted in watching the degree to which his confidence and effectiveness as a self-advocate have flourished and grown.”
Burgess is the first of his family to receive a college degree. He is proud and humbled by this accomplishment because, he admits, it was challenging along the way, “not only with being a college student, but also those challenges that come with being a college student with a physical disability.”
Bryan explains that his family and the faculty of the Psychology Department are both largely responsible for his success.
“The members of my family deserve a lot of credit for my success — they were, and still are, the wind beneath my wings,” comments Burgess. He goes on to say that the clinical faculty members of the Psychology Department made an impact on him and provided him with the tools to pursue a career that he “truly has a passion for.”
“I would also like to thank the staff of the DRC for their kindness and support,” states Burgess, “Tameeka Hunter of the DRC has been a wonderful mentor to me. Her unwavering support throughout the last few years has helped me to grow immensely.”
Hunter, the assistant director of the DRC, remarks that she got to witness Burgess’ growth as an undergraduate and graduate student.
“Bryan has an indomitable spirit, quick wit, and an infectious smile. To know Byran truly is to love him!” she says.