Missouri State University

Kirby Williams

  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Bella Vista, Arkansas

New program sparked passion to help cancer patients

Kirby Williams never thought she could love a career field so much.

Third time was the charm for Kirby Williams – at least when it came to deciding on a major. The former pre-law political science major turned chemistry student found a new place in the psychology department and within a new field: psycho-oncology.

Helping people is paramountKirby Williams

“When I first started out, I never thought I would be interested in psychology or chemistry or anything like that,” Kirby said.

“I still love working in government, but I was able to go out there and search for other areas. I found chemistry because it always has fascinated me. From there, I was able to find psycho-oncology and then find psychology.”

For Kirby, psycho-oncology’s focus on the psychiatric needs of cancer patients perfectly blended her interest in the science of cancer with her passion for helping people. “I never thought I could love a field this much,” she said.

Fueling various passions

But she still kept her options open, using student organizations, classes and free time to explore her other interests.

“I think you can fuel various passions, especially at Missouri State. I have SGA to fuel that political side. I have my psychology research lab, my biochemistry classes, and I have so many interests all across campus in Springfield in general,” Kirby said.