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MA Student Spotlight

Christa ParksChrista Parks MA Student

Hometown:  Monroe, MI
Program: FTMA
Anticipated Graduation Date: July 2015

Favorite book (non-academic): Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
Favorite study spot:  In the summer, outside in the sun. In the winter, next to a fireplace.
My prized possession: My family
3 things I have with me at all times: My cell phone; Chapstick; Advil
Favorite saying: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you’ll be a success.” – Albert Schweitzer

What is your plan for after graduation? I hope that I am accepted into the PsyD program for the fall of 2015.
What makes MiSPP special? The staff is what makes MiSPP special. They care about their students and their success, they are extremely knowledgeable, and they are very approachable and kind.
What would people be surprised to know about you? I am a huge fan of boxing. I enjoy watching it on TV and especially live. I also really enjoy boxing and teaching kids how to box.
How does a psychology degree fit into your life’s plans? Earning a PsyD would allow me to own a clinical psychology practice and work in a career that I am passionate about.

PsyD Student Spotlight

Katie FurtonKatie Furton PsyD Student

Hometown:  Southgate, MI
Program: PsyD 4
Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2015

Favorite book (non-academic): The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Favorite study spot:  Anywhere in my house… ALONE!!
My prized possession: Family scrapbooks
3 things I have with me at all times:   Phone; Tea (hot or cold); Dissertation materials
Favorite saying: “A mother who radiates self-love and self-acceptance actually vaccinates her daughter against low self-esteem.” – Naomi Wolf

What would people be surprised to know about you? I love the outdoors. I love hiking, biking, horseback riding, swimming…anything outside, even in the winter!! I especially love to study outside in the fresh air. I cannot wait to have the opportunity to conduct therapy sessions outdoors as well!
What is your plan for after graduation? After graduation my husband and I plan to relocate. We will officially be switching roles at that time; I will work full time in a clinical setting and he will become the full time student. Currently he is comparing schools nationwide offering his field of interest; bio-medical engineering. Once he narrows down his options I will begin to search for job possibilities in the surrounding area. We are excited to experience another part of the United States, having both never lived anywhere other than Southgate, MI.
What makes MiSPP special? I decided to attend MISPP because of the unique academic setting and objectives. I found that working with the staff and my colleagues I was able to express myself honestly and without fear of judgement. I appreciated the personal assistance afforded to me, as well as, the honest investment by my professors and supervisors in my success. MiSPP honestly changed my life. I have grown a great deal not only as a clinician but as a person as I proceed through this program. The program was extremely challenging at times but through those challenges I was able to begin to see all I am capable of accomplishing. Now I can’t wait to see what is next.

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