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Katelyn GardnerPhoto of Katelyn Gardner, MA

Hometown: Livonia, MI

Favorite book (non-academic): Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

Favorite study spot: Kitchen table or coffee shop
My prized possession: My family
3 things I have with me at all times: Cell phone, wallet, keys
Favorite quote: “Life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” Forrest Gump

What would people be surprised to know about you? My favorite singer is Dean Martin.
What is a cause you’re passionate about? Helping others to be able to better understand other people
What brought you to MiSPP and what do you want to do with your degree? A professor at my previous school and the beliefs held by MiSPP [brought me here].  I would like to go into family and addiction counseling.


PsyD Student Spotlight

Irene ZarrPhoto of Irene Zarr, PsyD

Hometown: Grand Blanc, MI

Favorite book (non-academic): Define “academic…” Right now, it’s Without Conscience by R. D. Hare. I have a laundry list of books I’m dying to read! Susan Kay’s Phantom is always good.
Favorite study spot: My couch with my kitties.
My prized possession: My brain.
3 things I have with me at all times: Love, lip balm, and at least one pen.
Favorite quote: “Whosoever fights with monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” -Nietzsche

What would people be surprised to know about you? I’m a coloratura soprano and I can overpower a pipe organ without a microphone. Opera is fun.
What is a cause that you’re passionate about? Domestic violence. Specifically, offender treatment. If you’re wondering about the story behind that (because of course there is one), come find me – we’ll have a good discussion.
What have you learned (or are learning) that’s made a difference to you? Existential class with Drs. King and Bach changed the way I look at the world. A person can follow the path of either love or fear. When you figure out which one is running the show, things change sometimes.
What advice do you have for incoming students? Be open, honest, and real. You’re going to be afraid and vulnerable, and it’s going to be difficult. Keep your eyes on the prize, try not to fall into class-hysteria, and don’t hesitate to ask for help – it’s everywhere.

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