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John SteeleJohn Steele, MA

Hometown: Bridgeport, MI

Favorite book (non-academic): Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series
Favorite study spot:  In my office, with a warm, gentle fire in the wood burner – either at my desk or on the sofa, a warm cup of coffee and some sweet smelling incense burning (preferably Nagchampa or amber).
My prized possession: My mind
3 things I have with me at all times: My head, my hands, and my heart
Favorite quote: “The difference between an adventure and an ordeal is usually my attitude.” -Anonymous

What advice do you have for incoming students?  Trust the process. Seriously, trust the process. Everyone you meet with at MiSPP saw something in you that said to them, “This one can do it.” Trust the process. At times, you may be filled with self-doubt which is normal and expected – and it will be offset by the realization that you are doing something incredible, something beyond the borders of your supposed limits and it will be an incredible realization. Trust the process.
What has been your greatest challenge?  I am my greatest challenge. Seeing myself as I am. Seeing the shadow-side and bringing home those parts of me that have been left behind. Becoming more of who I am. This has been the greatest challenge in my experience at MiSPP. That and statistics!
What makes MiSPP so special?  The cohort experience combined with the incredible professors makes MiSPP an experiential connection to learning rather than a mundane taught-to-the-test educational experience. Attending every class with the same group a people has allowed me to grow relationships in an experiential classroom setting, making real connections in ways impossible in the traditional university setting. MiSPP has allowed me to create a professional network of peers, mentors, and friends. The manner in which each professor has taken the time to engage each student combined with their sincere desire to nurture the professional (and personal) development of each student creates a synergy in the educational setting that I have never before experienced. Unconditional positive regard and authentic mentors creates a psychonautical voyage without parallel!
What are you learned from other students? I have learned about other orientations, other cultures, other perspectives, and other thoughts. I have learned that we are the same in our uniqueness, that we all experience self-doubt, need to learn better self-care and that we have amazing self-realizations throughout the year. They are another me and I, another them.

PsyD Student Spotlight

Andrea RawatAndrea Rawat, PsyD

Hometown: Lapeer, MI

Favorite book (non-academic): The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Favorite study spot: Curled up on the couch with Zoey
My prized possession: My Frenchie, Zoey.
2 things I have with me at all times: Cell phone, iced tea (unsweetened)

What is your favorite TV show? No favorites, but I love documentaries.
What would people be surprised to know about you? I’m handy around the house.
What is a cause that you’re passionate about? Cultural equality
What brought you to MiSPP and what do you want to do with your degree? I was looking for a practice-based rather than a research-based doctorate as I plan to work in private practice.

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