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Amber Perry 

Amber Perry

Hometown: Jackson, TN
Program:
MA

Book I would recommend: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Favorite quote: “I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” Frederick Douglass

What would people be surprised to know about you? I love language. I studied Japanese for three years as an undergraduate, and I still feel a need to learn more. I am not only amazed by how many languages exist in the world but also how each language can differ depending on specific regions.
What is a cause you’re passionate about? I am a huge supporter of The Nature Conservancy. When I pass on, I want to know that I did my part in making Earth a beautiful place for my children, grandchildren, and so on.
Why did you choose to attend MiSPP? After unhappily working for a year in an unrelated field, I knew I had to go back to school to further my education in psychology. Shortly after moving to Michigan, I heard an advertisement for MiSPP on the radio and knew I had to apply.
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? As someone who has taught young children, I always believed that every child had the right to learn; however, I was only limited to working with children in the classroom. I want to help children succeed in various aspects of life that includes, but is not limited to, academics in ways that teachers cannot.
What is your plan for after graduation? I plan to gather my post-graduate hours and take the EPPP to start work as an LLP. If I can score well enough on the EPPP, I would like to continue on for my PsyD, as that is my highest aspiration.


ABA Student Spotlight


Samantha Blair 
Samantha Blair

Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI
Program:
MA with Certificate in ABA

Book I would recommend: The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean

Favorite quote: “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost

What would people be surprised to know about you? Some people may be surprised to know that I almost went to school for art, to be an animator, or story board artist.
What is a cause you’re passionate about? I am passionate about childhood cancer research and treatment; this cause has taken a special place in my heart after touring St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis TN a few years ago.
Why did you choose to attend MiSPP? I chose to attend MiSPP because of the small size, location, and the concentration on the humanistic view of psychology. 
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? With my degree I would like to treat individuals who have severe mental disorders that are going through the legal system.
What is your plan for after graduation?My plan after graduation is to begin a career in my field as an LLP, and then potentially return to school to earn my doctorate.


PsyD Student Spotlight


Farah Zoabi

Hometown: Dearborn, MIFarah Zoabi
Program:
PsyD

Book I would recommend: A Man Called Dave by Dave Pelzer

Favorite quote: “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” Khalil Gibran

What would people be surprised to know about you? I lived in Dubai for 5 years.
What is a cause that you’re passionate about? One very important cause to me is eliminating stigma around mental health.
Why did you choose to attend MiSPP? After completing the first semester of the MA program at MiSPP, I knew that I would want to continue here. So much about this unique environment drew me in; however, it was the approachability and humbleness that the school presented with that attracted me.
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? I hope to open a private practice and work with underprivileged communities.
What is your plan for after graduation?My plan after graduation is to keep working on attaining both my professional and personal goals pertaining to the mental health field.


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