MA Student Spotlight
Hometown: Warren, MI
Anticipated Graduation Date: July 2015
Favorite book (non-academic): A Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
Favorite study spot: My recliner in my living room in front of my big screen TV.
My prized possession: My partner and my Godson. They are both priceless to me.
3 things I have with me at all times: My phone, wallet, e-cigarette
Favorite saying: “I got this.”
Tell us about your experience in practicum or internship. I feel like I have had an amazing educational experience at my practicum. I learn something new every time I am there and I just enjoy talking to the people there. Not only am I getting excellent experience in the area I would love to focus my career on, but it gives me an awesome feeling to help the clients when so many people turn away from them because of their crimes. I can really see a difference in the clients from the time I started until now and continue to see progress each week. It shows that if you let it, therapy can work.
What is your plan for after graduation? I would like to apply for my doctorate degree somewhere. My career plans: I would like to work in Forensic Psychology.
What advice do you have for incoming students? Do not procrastinate. As long as you stay on top of your work the classes and school will go by quick. This program is a lot of hands on and fun learning in which you are always active and engaged.
PsyD Student Spotlight
Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI
Anticipated Graduation Date: July 2015
Favorite book (non-academic): Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Favorite study spot: Up north!!!
My prized possession: My cat, Bleeker. He is my baby!
3 things I have with me at all times: A water bottle, a camera, and Burts Bee’s chapstick
Favorite saying: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.” Charles Swindoll
What would people be surprised to know about you? I love the outdoors, camping, hiking, and exploring nature. One of my lifetime goals is to visit all of the national parks in the United States, after this summer is over I will have been to 7 out of 58 of them.
What is your plan for after graduation? I would eventually like to set up my own private practice in Northern Michigan. I just love the sense of peace and calm up there. My top choices would be Petoskey or Traverse City, perfect mixes of the city and the country, and right on Lake Michigan.
Who is your favorite professor or staff member and why? Dr. Smith, because she has been so helpful and encouraging throughout the entire dissertation process. She has believed in me and given me the academic and emotional support which is so essential to completing this program. She has been a great inspiration to me in my professional development.
What makes MiSPP special? MiSPP is a very unique environment which provides room for individual growth as well as academic and professional development. This school has a special way of training, teaching, and guiding their students through both an educational and interpersonal journey. When I first attended MiSPP as a master’s student in 2010, I remember that I was a little weary of a phrase which is so often associated with MiSPP, “trust the process”….but you know what, they were right!
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