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Brittany RutlandRutland Brittany M1 300x300 Student Spotlight

Hometown: New Baltimore, MI
Program: PTMA
Anticipated Graduation Date: July 2016

Favorite book (non-academic): My Lobotomy by Howard Dully
Favorite study spot: In my bed or outside
My prized possession:  My great grandfather’s Kodak camera from 1914.
3 things I have with me at all times:  My iPhone, ibuprofen, and chap stick
Favorite saying: “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

How does a psychology degree fit into your life’s plans? After I graduate the Master of Clinical Psychology program I plan to go on to a doctorate program in psychology. I am still unsure on which specific program, but I have narrowed it down to a PhD/PsyD in Clinical Psychology, a PhD in Forensic Psychology, or a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience. Psychology is my passion and I know this field is where I belong, it’s just a matter of finding the exact spot for me.
Why did you choose to attend MiSPP? I chose MiSPP because I was drawn to the fact that MiSPP is not only a learning experience, but a growing experience. I love the idea that I can expand my mind beyond what I learn in class and grow as an individual. I feel like I will gain beneficial skills to not only apply in my career and future education, but to apply to myself and my own life. MiSPP’s mission fits into my way of thinking and viewing the world so it makes for a very happy and exciting experience for me.
What has been your greatest challenge? My biggest challenge at this point in my life was buckling down and deciding on a graduate school and program. Pursuing a career in psychology has been my goal for a very long time, so at times it felt overwhelming to choose and dedicate myself to just one school or program. I struggled with having confidence in my ability to even get accepted into a program, however, taking the leap and now finding myself in the master’s program here at MiSPP has been one of the most exciting and rewarding things I’ve experienced. If you never try, you’ll never know!
What would people be surprised to know about you? I love antiquing and vintage items! I’ve collected old cameras, a typewriter from the 1920s, a psychology textbook from the 1930s, and even a Thomas Edison phonograph record.

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Christopher KeemerKeemer Christopher MA 300x300 Student Spotlight

Hometown:  Detroit, IL
Program: FTMA
Anticipated Graduation Date: July 2015

Favorite book (non-academic): The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe
Favorite study spot:  My living room table
My prized possession: Psi Chi Honor Society medal
3 things I have with me at all times:   Cell phone, MP3 player, and house keys
Favorite saying: “Education is the passport to the future.” -Malcolm X

Favorite TV show: The Big Bang Theory and Hardcore Pawn
What would people be surprised to know about you? People would be surprised to know that I am visually impaired and active in many things such as Jiu Jitsu, music, poetry, and academics.
What is a cause you’re passionate about? Fighting mental health stigmas
What brought you to MiSPP and what do you want to do with your degree? I came to MiSPP to get thorough training to be a competent clinical psychologist. After I earn my master’s degree, I want to earn my PsyD and become fully licensed to conduct therapy and be an adjunct professor.

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