TJ  Rucker

TJ Rucker

Graduate Assistant

Hometown: Portland, OR
Undergraduate Institution: Carroll College, Major in Psychology with a Minor in Gender Studies
Graduate Assistant with Ball State: None
Degree at BSU: MS in Sport and Exercise Psychology and MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Research interests: I’m interested in diversity within sport, specifically looking at microaggressions, prejudice and social justice advocacy in sport. I’m also interested in sport development programs being utilized for peace in urban areas.
Advice to incoming students: I would say to utilize the people around you (classmates, professors, friends not in the program). Grad school is hard, but If you have a great support system you will thrive. Also, it’s okay to not know exactly what you want for research in your first semester. Gradually explore your possibilities, and challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone.