He started at BSC, now he’s aiming for a Ph.D.
Dylan Horner of Mandan graduated from BSC with an Associate of Arts degree, which he said laid the foundation for continuing his education. He decided to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Minot State University while staying on the BSC campus. Now, he’s starting the master’s program at Cleveland State University in Ohio. Once he has his master’s in psychology with a focus in experimental research, he plans to pursue his Ph.D.
Horner said his professors at both BSC and Minot State University helped him set his sights high. “With those (BSC) instructors and the Minot instructors, the people that surrounded me, they definitely challenged me and helped me realize my potential.”
Even when Horner was in the Minot program, one of his BSC professors lent him a book over the summer. And, he recalled times when he stayed after class for up to half an hour, because of being so engaged in conversations with professors. “Years later I still stay in touch and see what they’re up to. It’s great for networking as well when you build those relationships. If you ever need assistance or if you ever have questions, whether it be a job application or an application for school or just a general question, you’re able to come back and talk to those individuals.”
His good relationships with his advisors and professors may be what led Horner to his current career goal – to become one. “The career that I would aspire to have would be to continue researching things that interest me, and then also be an instructor at a college. I enjoy the academic environment. I enjoy teaching other people different skills, different information and helping them grow as individuals and as students. Being able to take the experiences I’ve had with advisors and peers and being able to facilitate that in classrooms for other people. That would be the ultimate goal for me.”
Psychological research is of interest to Horner, because it allows him to study what motivates people to behave in certain ways. He said by learning what influences people to discriminate against others or engage in harmful behaviors, he’s able to educate people so they behave differently and interact with others in healthier ways.
Horner also aims to make a difference in the lives of the students he teaches, hopefully back in his home state. “I would enjoy coming back to North Dakota to teach. Being able to experience and receive the quality education that I did, and come back to provide that through my own teaching would allow me to give back to the community that launched me forward.”
To learn more about completing a bachelor’s degree through Minot State University on the BSC campus, visit bismarckstate.edu.