Philip Beloate

  • Class

    Class of 2026
  • Program

    B.A. in Psychology, Spanish ( College of Liberal Arts )
  • Hometown

    Hernando, MS (South)
  • Involvement

    Service and Community Engagement
  • About

    Philip is a native of Hernando, double majoring in Psychology and Spanish. He is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and plays in the drumline with UM’s Pride of the South Marching Band. He also participates as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Parent and Adolescent Anxiety Lab.
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Why did you choose to attend UM?

After visiting many SEC and private colleges, coming to UM felt like home. The unique community of Oxford combined with the good programs and friendly people at UM convinced me to stay. And although UM is closer to home, it feels like a separate world where I can grow on my own, meet new people, and have a memorable college experience.

When and how did you choose your major(s)/minor(s)?

I didn’t plan on majoring in psychology until late in my high school career. I was always interested in psychology, but I wasn’t convinced that it was a “real” field of work until I researched and discovered that psychologists are very important in industries ranging from sports management to forensics. There are many careers beyond “counselor” or “therapist.” Clearing up these misconceptions persuaded me to declare a psychology major. After taking 12 hours of Spanish my freshman year, I enjoyed the classes so much that I declared Spanish as a second major.

What would you tell a high school student about your major?

Psychology isn’t seen as a STEM field, but the classes involve a significant amount of scientific thinking and analysis of research. Statistics also play a large role in psychology. I enjoy the major because I like science combined with the social aspects that psychology involves. Keep in mind that the field is broad, and there are lots of unique careers that a degree offers (sports, military, and aviation psychologists are some of the most interesting). Also, understand that high paying psychology jobs will require graduate degrees (M.A., Ph.D., etc.).

Why is your department a special place?

The professors, staff, and graduate students that I’ve interacted with in the psychology department have all been very friendly and helpful. I also like the importance that those within the department place on mental health. Overall, the psychology department is a great place to learn, grow, and feel supported.

What are your 3 favorite things about your major/department at UM?

1. The support system I’ve made

2. Learning about the way that others interact and understand the world

3. Dr. Merv

Can you tell me about a professor or a class you’ve taken that has had the most impact on you?

Enrique Cotelo, my Spanish professor for Honors Spanish 211 and Spanish 303, has been really supportive. He’s very genuine and he makes his classes fun. His encouragement, combined with the students in the class, created a memorable experience that made me want to keep learning Spanish. Though his honors class was really difficult, it pushed me to become a better student.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

I hope to attend graduate school and obtain a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and go on to become a forensic psychologist.

Apart from school, how do you spend your time in Oxford?

Outside of classes, I enjoy spending time/going out with friends, going to South Rec Center, visiting the Square, going to Chili’s too much, and binging TV at home.

What has been one of your most memorable or enjoyable moments at UM?

There are lots of great memories, but playing on the Grove stage for the first game day on the drumline was a really exciting and memorable experience.

What are you binge watching or reading right now?

Right now, I’ve been binge-watching Abbott Elementary (I <3 Quinta Brunson).

What are some dream travel destinations?

I really want to visit Greece and Spain, but I would also like to go back to Italy and stay in Cinque Terre. I also want to visit Yellowstone and other National Parks.

What is your go-to meal in Oxford?

I love Boure, but I’m broke, so Fergndan’s pizza is the way to go.

What is one thing you wish you knew as an incoming freshman that you’d tell you're past self?

Remember to find a good school/social balance. It’s important to do well in college, but it’s also important to have fun. That’s something that I forgot to do in high school, with the pressure of being expected to do well. Also, don’t worry about making friends. As long as you are open to new experiences, you’ll meet new people and get over the awkward first few weeks of college.

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