Going Above and Beyond
Psychology student Julie Daye receives Student of the Year award
Julie Daye, a non-traditional BYU student, is the recipient of the Utah Association of School Psychologists (UASP) Student of the Year Award. The award recognizes an exemplary psychology student in order to promote awareness of the profession.
Daye promised herself that when her children were older she would go back to school. Twenty years after earning her undergraduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from BYU, Julie will graduate with a master’s in School Psychology from the McKay School.
Daye’s decision to work with children was prefaced by years of volunteering at her children’s schools. “I smile when I’m in an elementary school,” she said. “I know this is where I am supposed to be.”
Kristan Warnick, Daye’s internship coordinator and nominator, said Daye’s quiet leadership and wisdom made her an ideal candidate for the award. “Julie exhibits a great calmness and compassion, and is also very responsive to the needs of administrators and staff and can read situations clearly,” Kristan said.
Daye, a third-year psychology student, said she is grateful for the people she has worked with throughout her time at BYU. “I want to exemplify what they taught me,” she continued. “It has been an honor to know them. I feel like I am a different person by my association with people at BYU.”
During her practicum and internship, Daye conducted counseling sessions with students in her schools. She works with children to build their friendship skills and help them manage disorders such as anxiety or depression. She analyzes how these disorders affect children at school and consults with teachers and parents on how to design and implement prevention and intervention activities.
Daye is also an advocate for her profession. She believes the importance of school psychology, including a school psychologist’s place in schools, is underestimated. “I think school psychologists can fill a lot of gaps to help students who are not getting support from family,” she said. To help frill some of those gaps, Daye worked with a donor to purchase dividers and binders to help her students learn organizational skills.
Working with children helps Daye see the world in a different light. “They see the simple things, are usually more positive, and have an innate nature that is something worth capturing.”
June 26, 2012