Arts & Life
The Clarion \ April 29, 2020
Mary Lewe aspires to help others
By Carmen Boone
Mary Lewe is a senior at Brevard College.
Her major is psychology and her minor is health
Throughout her life she has moved around
quite a bit. She was bom in Louisville, Kentucky
but spent half of her childhood growing up in
North Carolina. She went to high school in
Kentucky but ended up moving back to North
Carolina in 2017.
Lewe’s family is important to her. She has two
nephews and one niece and two brothers. She is
very close with her mom, whom she has been
living with for the past year. She loves when she
gets to go to Kentucky and visit her dad. She
is also very close to her paternal grandparents
Brevard College is not Lewe’s first college.
She went to two colleges in Kentucky but
transferred in because she wanted to have a
real college experience, both on campus and in
a new town. She knew psychology was what
she wanted to do. Lewe loves the proximity to
the mountains that she gets at Brevard and is
thankful for the natural beauties it has to offer.
“I definitely got what 1 was looking for,” said
She has been involved in several things on
campus. In the fall of 2019, she was editor in
chief of the Clarion, she has been secretary of
the Psychology Club and participated in Voice
of the Rivers (VOR) in 2018.
Some of Lewe’s other hobbies include
cooking, writing and journaling and music.
She plays the guitar, bass guitar, keyboard,
saxophone and the clarinet. Last summer
she recorded a released song under the name
Snakebrain. “In my ffeetime I like to record
songs I write,” Lewe said.
There are many experiences Lewe has had
that she is thankful for. She loved being a part
of IWIL, enjoyed playing in the snowstorm in
fall of 2018 and had a good time living in Green
Hall. However, her interactions with faculty
were what stood at as tmly inspiring. She most
of all enjoyed getting to know herself “I really
felt like part of the campus community,” said
Lewe. “I was able to set goals to strive for and
chase the future I want as a therapist.”
Because of her psychology major, Lewe has
had a multitude of experience and opportunity
in that field of study. Two years ago, she was
able to go to a conference in Charleston, South
Carolina called SEPA to present research on
“attitudes toward suicide” with 2019 graduate
Haley Putnam and current senior Grace Kelley.
Lewe’s senior thesis was on self compassion
and coping among college students. She made
a handout with a 30 minute lesson on self
compassion. Then, she established a control
group. She compared scores for coping and
compassion among an experimental group to
scores among the control group. The goal was
to see if she could increase self compassion and
coping among college students with a lesson
compared to no lesson at all.
The intervention was ultimately unsuccessful.
However, she did have some fun testing her
thesis and completing her research. “Even
though the results of the study were not what
was planned, working with Dr. O’Leary was a
good experience,” said Lewe.
Lewe has had several important mentors over
the years. Dr. Allison O’Leary was a great help
with Lewe’s thesis and has greatly helped her
with graduate school applications. “She’s been
really supportive and helpful,” said Lewe. “I’m
really grateful for all of her help.”
Dr. Sarah Maveety has also been a great
mentor for Lewe. She went on VOR the same
year as Lewe did. She was Lewe’s biology
advisor too when adding a minor in health
science. Maveety also wrote Lewe a letter of
recommendation for graduate school.
Lewe is thankful for Dr. John Padgett as
well. He was a great help in newspaper (COM
308). “He has been a really good mentor,” said
Lewe. “He always has good stories to tell and
After her time at Brevard, Lewe has learned
one thing that stands out above the rest. She
knows there is a lot of pressure on young
students right out of high school to go to college.
They are forced to make big decisions at a time
when they may not be ready. She learned that
it’s okay not to make those decisions right away.
Lewe took a little break before going to
college. Advice she would give to younger
students is, “Don’t rush yourself It’s okay to
change your mind [when getting to college] but
don’t get too ahead of yourself”
Lewe has big plans after graduating from
Brevard. She has been accepted into Western
Carolina University’s program for clinical
mental health counseling. She will start this
summer, June 1, with online classes. It is a two
to three year program that includes supervised
hours within it. Since it is based in Asheville,
she will not have to move very far. Her goal after
that is to be a licensed clinical health counselor
and to stay in North Carolina.
No matter what Lewe does, the impact she
has had at Brevard College and the relationships
and connections she has made will carry her
far. There is no doubt she will go on to do great
things and touch many lives in her professional
Courtesy of Mary Lewe