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MA Student Spotlight


Jen Sofranski Jennifer Sofranski, MA

Hometown: Richmond, MI- originally from Shelby Twp
Program:
Part-time MA

Favorite book (non-academic): Psychological thrillers or mysteries

Favorite study spot: Starbucks or my bedroom
My prized possession: My cat and my recovery tattoo
3 things I have with me at all times: Phone, my brain/soul, and coffee
Favorite quote: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde

What would people be surprised to know about you? I used to ride and show horses throughout Michigan and Ohio. Someday I would like to open a therapeutic riding center for children with autism and other psychiatric disorders.
What is a cause you’re passionate about? Working with individuals Autism Spectrum Disorders, clients with eating disorders/self esteem issues, and pet therapy.
Why did you choose to attend MiSPP? I choose MiSPP because of the smaller class sizes, friendly staff and professors; it feels more like a family environment and everyone wants you to succeed in the program. As a result, I am thinking about doing the doctoral program and enhancing my skills in the mental health field.
Tell us about your experience in practicum or internship. My practicum site is at Macomb Oakland Regional Center (MORC) and I believe it is the most rewarding site because I am working with young children that have Autism and other behavioral issues. Conducting ABA therapy is a proven process because it helps children minimize their behaviors in a structured learning environment; while at the same time it helps them increase their learning skills and social interaction with others.

 


PsyD Student Spotlight


Nada Hashem-YounesNada Hashem-Younes, PsyD

Hometown: Dearborn, MI
Program:
PsyD

Favorite book (non-academic): Robert Frost book of poetry
Favorite study spot: My bedroom
My prized possession: Integrity (genuine honesty)
3 things I have with me at all times: Thoughts, debit card, cell phone
Favorite quote: “He who denies his heritage, has no heritage.” Khalil Gibran

What would people be surprised to know about you? I have a store called Charmed & Company.  Here we encourage our clients to aspire, create, and enjoy themselves through jewelry & accessory making. Did I mention I have 5 kids?  Got to love them.
What is a cause that you’re passionate about? I advocate for those who can’t.
What brought you to MiSPP and what do you want to do with your degree? I completed my master’s at MiSPP and now am pursuing my PsyD to move forward to fulfill my lifelong dream to open a center of empowerment and advancement.


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