Graduation Spotlight: Toyin Olabode

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Majors: Psychology and Music

Q: Why did you choose this area of study?

A: Psychology and music are two subjects that have been apart of my life for a very long time. Although I initially came into CWRU as an undecided major, in the back of my mind, I always knew that I would somehow end up in these fields. I chose psychology because I loved learning about the mind, the body, and how, in turn, those things impacted our behavior and social functioning. I knew that majoring in psychology would be an opportunity to go deeper in knowledge on these concepts. Music started off as something that I simply chose for fun. Before coming to CWRU, I spent a lot time in high school singing and playing piano. However, being able to further my knowledge and ability through taking classes on music theory and harmony at CIM has been a wonderful experience. I am so grateful to have been able to study these two areas of education. 

Q: What are you plans after graduation?

A: After graduation, I plan to work as a lab assistant for a few years and then attend graduate school to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus in child psychology and suicide research/prevention. Ultimately, I hope the lead a private practice and a nonprofit both centered on mental health, youth wellness, suicide prevention, and music therapy.

Q: Why did you choose CWRU?

A: I chose CWRU because I knew it would be a place where I could grow and rediscover myself as a student and also as a person. I got the opportunity to visit campus a few times and speak to then current students. The more I visited and interacted with the campus community, the more CWRU began to feel like home. By the time that it was time to make a decision, choosing CWRU was a no brainer for me!

Q: What is your favorite memory of CWRU?

A: My favorite CWRU memory would have to be opening up for Designer at UPB’s Fall concert in 2019. That was the first time I got to perform in front of that large of a crowd all by myself. It was definitely out of my comfort zone but I am so glad that my friends pushed me to accept the offer. I loved getting to put myself out there and showcase my talent.

Q: What is the one thing you’d like to share with incoming students?

A: There are wonderful opportunities available to you here at CWRU, make the most of them!