The First

Published: Friday, May 6, 2016

felicia hinkley

Felicia Hinkley ‘16, from Kingfield, ME, is the first in her family to graduate from college. This month, she will graduate from Thomas College with her Bachelor’s.

“I’ve had a lot of support from my family,” said Felicia. “And from Thomas College. They helped me get where I needed to go.”

Hinkley said her whole family, which is pretty big, is attending Commencement on May 14 to see her march. They are very proud.

Hinkley, 24, graduated from Central Maine Community College in 2012 with an Associate’s in Criminal Justice. After a few years off, she decided to attend Thomas College.

She started off with a Criminal Justice major, but she decided to add a Forensic Psychology major and a Science minor.

“I like Forensic Psychology because it ties Criminal Justice and Psychology together – and those are my two biggest passions.”

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After graduation, Hinkley has a job lined up at AngleZ Behavioral Health Services. She began working there in August part-time while still attending school.

She works with people who have mental health problems or disabilities.

“I help them make a grocery list, go grocery shopping and make a daily routine,” she said. “I work with them to help recognize their mental health triggers and how to cope with them.”

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Hinkley said she chose Thomas College because of its great internship program.

“I always wanted to go to a school that had an opportunity for internships – it was probably my number one requirement.”

Hinkley said she will miss everything about Thomas College.

“The faculty and staff are really friendly and approachable. I like the classes. I like the environment.

She said she will miss the Dance Team the most.

“It was truly a dream come true for me to join the Dance Team at Thomas College,” she said. “I always loved dancing growing up but never had a chance to perform or join a club.”

“I met some great people through the Dance Team and loved being a part of it.”

This year at their Spring show, Hinkley’s last show at Thomas, she was able to do a solo.

“I was so nervous,” she said. “But I think I pulled it off. And it really was a dream come true.”

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