Adam Smelser is living His way

October 12, 2011

It requires a stout heart to pass through the fire of a Dickey psychology course, and every so often that fire will leap into the heart of a student—and a new psychologist is made. Adam Smelser is that kind of student.

A junior from Gettysburg, Pa., Smelser is in the Liberal Studies program at Florida College. After taking Dr. Dickey’s general psychology course, he was hooked on the study of the mind. He stayed on at FC for his undergraduate studies, with the aim of furthering his education with a master’s degree in psychology.

“It’s so closely tied to life and the way we operate,” he says of his chosen subject. “And it’s about people … and people are interesting.”

Combining two of his Liberal Studies components—Behavioral Science and Business—Smelser is charting a course for a career in industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology, “working with organizations and helping them to be effective.” Of the various sectors where psychology is practiced, he has found I/O psychology to be the most in demand.

Smelser says a large part of his future vocation will be about sharing, citing the verse in Ephesians that says, “Let him who steals steal no more, but work that he may share with another.” “I know you don’t have to get rich to help people financially,” he says, “but I want to be in a position where I am financially secure and able to help that way.”

Helping companies and helping individuals is how Adam Smelser plans on living His way.