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“Live in the present, get it done.” Kenny Newberry on balancing career, academics

Who’s Who Among Students is a national award that recognizes students who excel in scholastic achievement. At Oklahoma Christian University, 125 students reached the Who’s Who list. In an upper level journalism class, students interviewed 13 names off of the list. 

By Kasey Engle

Kenneth Newberry, an Oklahoma Christian University psychology major, spends his senior year learning how to balance his personal academic career with teaching and pursuing goals for the future.

Newberry is a psychology major who is actively involved in academic and social service clubs on campus. Newberry serves as the president of the Oklahoma Christian psychology club and is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega honor society. Newberry currently presides as the vice president of the social service club Psi Epsilon.

 Newberry said his plan after graduation is to attend graduate school at the University of Central Oklahoma to double major in forensic psychology and forensic science. He said his hope is to eventually become a criminal or intelligence analyst, allowing him to work at the local, state or federal level. Newberry said his dream job is to work for the CIA.

Known as Kenny, Newberry was born Aug. 30, 1994 in Cincinnati, OH. Newberry lived in AL as a young child for five years and then moved to Oklahoma at age eight. Outside of his personal education, Newberry also teaches a general psychology course to high school and young adults’ students at Oklahoma Christian Academy each week.

 Q: What inspires you?

A: There’s always an end goal and I just try to take it one day at a time. I try not to think about the future too much because I see what it does to people and how it makes them worry. Live in the present, get it done. Move on to the next day and do the same thing.

Q: What made you want to study psychology?

A: I took an AP psychology course in high school and it was one of my favorite classes, mainly because of the teacher. I like all of the material in it and how you can go into all of the subfields of it. You can do a lot with a psych degree if you specialize it further.

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?

A: Graduate school for at least two of them, could be longer and then hopefully start out at OSBI or even a local police department. Then, move on up from there.

Q: What’s your greatest achievement and how has it shaped you?

A: I guess it has to be a contest I won in second grade. I was first for the most AR points in second and third grade. Then I stopped getting points and I got second. I think that shows that I’ve been an overachiever since second grade. I have always enjoyed learning.

Q: What are you most grateful for?

A: Definitely a loving and supportive family. I’m also grateful for the professors here at OC. They sure do want to see us succeed and they are more than willing to help us do it.

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