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Cynthia Malewska

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Hometown: St. Johns, MI
Program: FTMA
Anticipated Graduation Date: July 2014

Favorite book (non-academic): True crimes books
Favorite study spot:  Starbucks
My prized possession:  My pillow
3 things I have with me at all times:  Cell phone, coffee, my smile icon smile Student Spotlight
Favorite saying: “If you want to change, you have to be willing to be uncomfortable.”

What would people be surprised to know about you? I have my cycle endorsement. I love motorcycles and was very sad to sell my Harley to pay off some debt recently. I will be getting another bike very soon.
What is your plan for after graduation? After I graduate I plan on working to establish some experience, hopefully within a prison. Eventually I would like to obtain my doctorate in Forensic Psychology with my own practice in a sunny state where there is no snow.
What advice do you have for incoming students? Say good bye to your social life! You will learn who your true friends are. If you are not an organized person you should learn very quickly and invest in a planner, or three. Be sure to stay stocked up on coffee. You will also learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible.
What have you learned from other students? I have learned how grateful I am to have them in this program with me. Everyone is so motivated and supportive. It’s inspirational. It’s amazing to see a group of students be able to come together to learn from each other’s life journeys and travel this expedition together like we have.

PsyD Student Spotlight

Priscilla Zoma

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Hometown:  West Bloomfield, MI
Program: PsyD I
Anticipated Graduation Date: 2017

Favorite book (non-academic): Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Favorite study spot:  Starbucks and MiSPP library
My prized possession:  My dog
3 things I have with me at all times:  My cell phone, my laptop, and my purse
Favorite saying: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde

What makes MiSPP special? MiSPP’s is a small and welcoming community. The campus feels like a second home, always seeing welcoming and smiling faces every time I enter the building. The staff and students all collaborate with one another allowing each individual to feel heard and respected. I chose MiSPP because of their mission to educate and train individuals in becoming competent psychologists serving diverse populations.
What advice do you have for incoming students? Work hard, learn, have fun, stay caught up, never give up, and most importantly: TRUST THE PROCESS! Be ready to gain a better sense of personal growth, and become a more authentic and creative individual.
Tell us something you’re involved with here at MiSPP (honor society, TA, writing tutor, etc.) I am a member of Inclusion and Diversity, Honors Society, and participate in research with Dr. Shepler.
What is your plan for after graduation?
Following graduation, I intend to own a private practice as well as be a professor of psychology. I hope to share the knowledge and experience I have gained at MiSPP with others.

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