“Being a part of the Parker-Adams program facilitated my Freshman year experience here at the University of Alabama. The program truly gave me to opportunity to better acclimate myself into the student body and the tools to become a successful student. I would’ve been lost had it not been for the Parker-Adams program, but with the help from our Fellows and supervising professors like Ms. Pamela Derrick and Dr. Larry Bowen, I had much guidance to allow for success.”

— Katerina Garcia, Senior, Miami, Florida, Psychology (pre-med)


“Being a PA fellow has molded my leadership skills. The experiences you get as a fellow are ones that are not as easily obtainable elsewhere. You meet not only various students from multiple backgrounds, but you get the opportunity to network with various UA faculty and staff members. The relationships made

through this program are ones that last a very long time. Being a fellow has helped me become a better speaker, leader, and mentor. I have learned skills that I am going to always need and use to further my college and post-college career.”

— Xavier McCoy, Senior, Oxon, MD, Criminal Justice Major


Parker-Adams fellow Lily O'Neil

“Being a PA fellow is something I never thought that I would have done.  Being a fellow has helped me tremendously with my confidence as a leader.  While being a fellow, we have put on different types of events.  Sometimes the events would not go as planned, but we had to learn to adapt and be flexible.  I learned how much preparation goes into putting an event on and learned how everything has to be done in a timely manner.

All the advice and lessons I learned while being a fellow will continue to follow me through life.  I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to not only be in the program, but to lead it.”

— Lily O’Neil, Graduate, Carmel, IN, Graduate

“Being apart of Parker Adams has allowed me to prosper, not only in my education but in my life as well. The fellows, as well as the program coordinators, invite you into this family they have and it is very easy to feel at home. Joining Parker Adams was an amazing decision because through this program I have made many good friends and a few I consider my very best. PA will make you feel secure and comfortable, but it also has a knack for making you feel uncomfortable by pushing you out of your comfort zone and encouraging you to explore opportunities you will come across in your college career. If you fear that you’ll stress about your first year at the lovely University of Alabama, joining PA will allow you to relax and provide all the support necessary to be successful. Ultimately, it’ll help you grow as a person and build the skills and friendships that will last a lifetime.”

— Jake Johnson, Freshman, Sylvania, Alabama, Psychology Major


Former Students

“Coming into undergraduate program, I was very shy. The program really helped me turn that shyness into me being a sociable person allowing me to network and communicate better. Through the program I was able to meet one my closest friends who I still talk to on a daily. It helped give me a fresh start and accountability to do well my first year at UA. Definitely was a program I needed to find my way around campus as well as a person. I currently am a 2nd Year Dental Student at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN planning to specialize in Orthodontics.”

— Taylor Sims, Graduate



“I loved my time at Parker Adams and I am beyond thankful I was privileged to live there my freshman year.  I met my husband there, and we later named our twin boys Parker and Adam, see article, I met my best friend and maid of honor there along with my husbands best friend and best man.

We still have a handful of friends that we talk to on a very regular basis and I treasure those friendships that the Parker Adams program gave to me. I would be happy to help you with anything you need, I love the program and hope that it never ends!”

— Tracy Fowler Hanserd, Graduate


“Living in Parker Adams provided a stable foundation for freshman year matriculation at Alabama. I was only one of six people from my hometown going to Bama and to say that I was nervous about making friends is an understatement. PA provided me a safe space to live, take classes, and cultivate lifelong friendships.”

— Creshema Murray, Graduate



Being a part of Parker Adams not only led me to meeting my best friend, but it helped me grow as a person. The program has taught me so much about leadership, teamwork, and just simply how to survive freshman year! Ms. Pamela Derrick, the program director, is not only someone I am comfortable with talking to, but I am thankful for her. Along with her, Dr. B, the faculty-in-residence, and the PA Fellows have been so helpful. From pointing me in the right direction, helping me pass my classes, all the way to introducing me to so many new friends, Parker Adams gave me so many opportunities.

— Sarah Young, Freshman, Fort Payne, AL, Biology Major on the Pre Med track



Larry Brown, Parker-Adams Faculty-in-Residence“In my role as Faculty-In-Residence, I work hard to get to know as many of the students as possible. I try to make myself available to students by spending as much time as I can in the common room and by having an open-door policy so that students know that they can always drop in or call me if they need me. Also, because I teach mathematics, I am able to give the students math advice, as well as help with math homework.”

— Dr. Larry Bowen, Faculty-in-Residence