Mia Porter on campus
Amelia (Mia) Porter
Class of 2018
Poughkeepsie, NY

AU ROTC Program Grad, US Army Officer, Med Student

During her second year of high school, Mia Porter recognized the emotional strain her friends dealt with as they engaged in new relationships and activities. As she began researching available support resources, she realized that professionals in the mental health field conduct their work due to their genuine care for the well-being of their clients. That's where she belonged.

At Alfred, I felt comfortable openly displaying who I am and explaining personal and academic interests without ever wondering if I would be accepted This unconditional regard has encouraged me as a U.S. Army Officer and practicing clinical psychology doctoral student to assist and accept others who may have different backgrounds than mine.”
Mia Porter in a helicopter

Eager to become part of a hardworking, empathic team of psychologists, Mia decided to attend AU. “It was very important to me that the school I chose had a strong field of psychology and Alfred exceeded all my expectations!” Mia explains. As part of several close-knit communities, she came to know almost every face she encountered while walking across campus. But the biggest reason that led Mia to AU was the Varsity Equestrian Program. Passionate about pursuing riding, she was a member of the Western Equestrian team from her first year through her junior year.

During her sophomore year, Mia joined Army ROTC as well as the Army National Guard. ROTC pushed her to her limits, helping her develop, improve, and become a stronger leader. To balance the rigor of the military and academic success, she prioritized obligations, kept a detailed schedule and remained focused even when social opportunities arose. To maintain her health and well-being, she set aside time to visit loved ones. Through her leadership responsibilities as an ROTC cadet company commander and Army National Guard alternate platoon leader, Mia discovered how rewarding it is to teach and guide others.

Mia is currently a second-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at William James College. She’s focusing specifically on working with underserved populations such as military families and ethnic minorities. Her experiences within the military environment have shown her how a lack of self-care can lead to poor morale and emotional strain within the military unit. She hopes to serve as an Active-Duty Army psychologist, raising awareness about the benefits of self-care while simultaneously attempting to reduce the stigma of utilizing behavioral health resources. 

My Life at Alfred and Beyond

Here are just some of the clubs, places and activities I love:

Amelia (Mia) Porter

My Hobbies & Interests

  • Alfred University Western Equestrian Team
  • Alfred University Newman Club
  • Psi Chi Honor Society
  • Army ROTC
  • Army National Guard
  • American Psychological Association

My Favorite Places

  • Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center
  • Terracotta Coffee House
  • Wegman's

My Topics

  • Athletics
  • Social Justice
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Alumni
  • Student Life
  • Professional Development
  • Military