Halley Choy

Halley Choy '17
Halley Choy
Environmental Studies and Psychology
Saratoga Springs, NY

Halley Choy is a McNair scholar interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Her journey began during the summer of 2015 when Halley studied with St. Lawrence's study abroad summer program in Kenya.  While there she met many people who wanted an education and opportunities to improve their lives. She witnessed the many challenges Kenyans face on a daily basis and realized all the opportunities open to her because she attends a well-rounded liberal arts college like St. Lawrence.  Upon returning from Kenya, she decided to pursue the McNair and CSTEP programs. She knew that the programs would help with her educational dreams of pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.   Even though it could have been a challenge because of a dual major in Psychology and Environmental Science and the fact that she was studying at James Cook University in the spring of 2016, the program director still found a mentor for her.  She is very excited to do research with her former professor Peter Pettengill.  Her topic is on the Impact of Snorkeling and Scuba Diving to the Great Barrier Reef.  Her proximity to the Reef in Australia studying abroad has helped with her research and she looks forward to sharing her findings this summer with Professor Pettengill upon her return to St. Lawrence.