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Hometown: Dearborn, MI
Program: PTMA
Anticipated Graduation Date: 2014

Favorite book (non-academic): The Agent Pendergast series by Preston & Child
Favorite study spot: On my couch by the window
My prized possession:  My multicultural family
3 things I have with me at all times:  My cell phone, notebook and my personality
Favorite saying: “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” Bruce Lee

What have you learned (or are learning) that’s made a difference to you? Everyone in this world is unique. Everyone’s world is different. Once you fully understand that, the sky is the limit.
What would people be surprised to know about you? Before starting at MISPP, I was accepted to a medical school, which I gave up because my interest in humanistic psychology was bigger than any other passions.
What has been your greatest challenge? Accepting myself for who I really was and what I wanted. I’ve always been a people pleaser, and never put myself first. Going through this program opened my eyes and now I can proudly say that, “It is ok to be me, I accept me.”
“If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it—through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.”
― Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty
Tell us about your experience in practicum or internship. We learn a lot of things in classes, read tons of materials, but once you are out there, in the real world, all of a sudden a whole new world is presented in front of you. People’s feelings cannot be written in books, they are experienced and felt in person, in real life experiences.

PsyD Student Spotlight

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Hometown:  St. Clair Shores, MI
Program: PsyD
Anticipated Graduation Date: July 2016

Favorite book (non-academic): The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Favorite study spot:  My desk at home
My prized possession:  My family, my teachers, my classmates, my friends
3 things I have with me at all times:   (At all times, striving to have…) gratitude, humility, compassion
Favorite saying: “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Alexander Pope

How does a psychology degree fit into your life’s plans? I am grateful that my family raised me to be of service to others. Becoming a Clinical Psychologist contributes to a lifelong journey of being of service in a way that fits my academic interests and way of being.
What have you learned from other students? From my classmates, I have learned the true meaning of being with fellow travelers.
What makes MiSPP special? The Michigan School is a culture whose members radiate the spirit of learning.
What advice do you have for incoming students? Incoming students…keep yourselves open to the wonder & awe that is encountered in the experience of being a student-practitioner at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology.

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