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Robert Willoughby

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Hometown: Munroe Falls, Ohio
Program: PTMA
Anticipated Graduation Date: 2015

Favorite book (non-academic): Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein
Favorite study spot: My ambulance
My prized possession:  My Jeep
3 things I have with me at all times:  Phone, wallet, glasses
Favorite saying: “Cogito ergo sum.”  “I think, therefore I am.” René Descartes

What would people be surprised to know about you? I would not be here today except for the saving of my life through brain surgery- in this a small piece of my brain was removed. It was the “focus” or starting point to my seizures. It was found after a significant amount of testing. It was an interesting process and even quite fun at times. It was a grand triumph, as medications had stopped working, and I was at the end of my rope. I have been seizure free for almost 16 years.
What makes MiSPP special? All of the diverse and wonderful people at MiSPP are what makes this a wonderful place. This is one of the things that I really love about my class. We are very willing to accept each other and to learn from each other.
What is your plan for after graduation? After graduation I plan to take over the world with Pinky and the Brain. Before that will happen though, I plan on beginning to work in therapy and possibly even research. I do hope to go for my PsyD as well. I have a friend that wants to call a friend “Dr.” and I am his only hope as he tells me.
How does a psychology degree fit into your life’s plans? Psychology was an initial focus for me when I originally went to college in 1990. As matters of life got in the way, I was unable to complete that path. I have been on a few different paths since that time, mainly being a professional chef and paramedic. The return to psychology was initially to complete something I started and to move on with my life. In my finding MiSPP, I was lucky. I now have a deeper understanding that my paths prior to this were an aid to becoming re-involved with psychology. Specifically, through MiSPP I have found a path in psychology that agrees with my own humanistic viewpoint. A finding that was revealed to me through Dr Browner’s help in her course.

PsyD Student Spotlight

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Hometown:  Sterling Heights, MI
Program: PsyD
Anticipated Graduation Date: 2017

Favorite book (non-academic): Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Favorite study spot:  The couch
My prized possession:  My dog, Ozzie
3 things I have with me at all times:  My watch, my cell phone, and some lip gloss
Favorite saying: “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” Bette Midler

What makes MiSPP special? MiSPP is like a family. We learn together, laugh together, cry together, and grow together. It is truly beautiful to witness so many people with unconditional positive regard for one another, and the genuine desire to come together to make this world a better place. I look forward to school days. It is wonderful.
What have you learned from other students? What haven’t I learned from other students? Each time I interact with another student I am learning; not only about academic coursework, but more about them, and more about myself.
Why did you choose to attend MiSPP? I chose to attend MiSPP because of the emphasis on the humanistic approach, the small size of the school, and its location.
What advice do you have for incoming students? Open up and honestly immerse yourself into the program. In doing so, you will learn more than you ever could have imagined.

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