Macon State College MVPs is a web feature that profiles notable students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Full Name: William Anthony Andrew Edwards.
Hometown and Residence: Macon.
High School: Warner Robins High School, where he wrestled and played football.
Family: Brother, Charles Edwards.
Current Employment: “While my main focus is always being a student, I also work in the Macon State College Wellness Center.”
Degree Objective: “I am seeking a bachelor of science in psychology. Although it is only Macon State’s first year having a B.S. in psychology, our psychology department boasts some of our most passionate and knowledgeable professors, such as Dr. Harriet Jardine, Dr. Charles Cliett, and Dr. David Biek."
Class Rank: Junior.
Activities: “I am the president of the Women’s Studies Association at Macon State, one of the proudest accomplishments of my life. Led by Dr. Monica Young-Zook, who always inspires the WSA with her never-ending passion toward equality, the WSA has worked with the Sex Trafficking Opposition Project, The Crisis Line, and Safe House. I also play defense for the Macon State College soccer team. We have a great group of guys who have worked incredibly hard to create a good team. These extracurricular activities have created a bond between myself and Macon State that I will always treasure.”
Career Goals: “After I continue through my higher education, receiving my master’s and doctorate in psychology, I plan to have my own practice. I wish to work one on one with clients, and hopefully help them understand and live with their mental illnesses. I also have high hopes for the field of psychology, in that we will have a better understanding of mental illness and the possible causes and cures of these illnesses.”
He chose Macon State College because … “I have always lived in Macon, and upon deciding to go back to school, Macon State seemed like a very cost efficient choice. I also assumed Macon State would be far easier than any other college. I was wrong. The enthusiasm of all of my teachers thus far and the curriculum has challenged me year after year.”
The one thing that surprised him about Macon State was … “The devotion of the professors. As hard as I work to achieve the good grades I receive and make the dean’s List, the professors at Macon State always work harder. My professors constantly push the boundaries I believe I can achieve in my education, while remaining supportive and putting in extra work I may need outside of the classroom to ensure I excel in my academic endeavors. I appreciate everything that the professors at Macon State have given to me. Their passion and devotion to education have taken hold in me, and I would love one day to return to college as a professor to pass on the knowledge that my professors have shared with me.”
His favorite professor is … “Dr. Patrick Brennan. I have taken Dr. Brennan for four separate film classes, and each is more interesting and enlightening than the last. Dr. Brennan’s excitement and enthusiasm show every day when he steps in front of a classroom to teach. He always selects interesting films, and encourages students to broaden their views while giving them the tools to tap into aspects of the coursework of which they may have been previously been unaware. I would recommend that any student take at least one of Dr. Brennan’s film classes while attending Macon State.”
His favorite place to study is … “At home! The only downfall to being involved in so many extracurricular activities comes when I am trying to study on campus. I enjoy all of the connections and friendships I have formed while attending Macon State, but if I attempt to study at school I end up in different conversations with various faculty or students and before I realize it, an hour of study time has slipped away.”
One thing people don’t know about him is … “I am a vegetarian. As a 200-pound pro wrestler, a lot of people are surprised when I mention I don’t eat meat. I don’t like the thought of things dying, and the mass production of animals for slaughter disgusts me, so I have been a vegetarian for seven years and I see no end in sight. Once one starts, it’s a fairly easy way of life.”
His friends make fun of him because … “No one makes fun of me. Did you not read the previous answer? I’m a 200-pound pro wrestler.”
The one person he’d most like to meet is … “Vincent Kennedy McMahaon. As a vehement wrestling fan, I would like to meet and discuss wrestling with the man who created modern-day pro wrestling. The owner of the WWE has a mind like no other, and it would be fascinating to have a day just to hear him tell old stories about superstars and various events on his road to building an empire.”
Five years from now he sees himself … “In graduate school, still passionate about psychology, still fighting for equality, and hopefully being at least half as proud of my grad school as I am of Macon State College.”