Travis Thomas
Alumni, Class of 2019

Why did you choose this program (major)?

I chose my major because I always liked psychology and anything that had to do with learning about the brain and the mind. Also, I wanted to work with children, and I knew that having a background in psychology would be helpful in the future.

What are you passionate about changing in this particular field and why? How are you planning to use your degree in the future?

I plan on using the skills I have learned in school and in my own life for working with children. I would like to help them think about what they want to do in life, and then help them start on the path to get there. Most importantly, however, I would like to make sure they understand the work piece that will be needed to get there.

Why did you decide to join TOP?

I joined TOP because I was told that it could help me while attending Oregon Tech. After meeting everyone who works with TOP, I thought this would be an excellent place for me to get involved.

Is there anything about Oregon Tech that you wish everyone knew about?

If I had to pick something, I would say it would be the amount of time a person would need to study. One thing about Oregon Tech is that getting to the end of the road will not be the easiest thing for everyone, so it is best to study.

What is your favorite hobby, and do you have any experiences you would like to share regarding that hobby?

One of my hobbies is track and field. I have been running for about 9 years now, but there is still so much I do not know. For now, I am just going to keep learning, running and coaching.

What fuels you to succeed?

I would say that I am a person who does not give up. Knowing that I have a young daughter who one day will look at what I have done in my own life, I would like her to see someone who is determined and never gives up. I hope that can help her in her own life one day.

Who is your favorite professor and why? Do you know any interesting facts about that particular professor?

My favorite professor is Dr. John Borgen. He was the first person I learned behavior modification from, and that has been one of the most important things I have learned while in school.