MA Student Spotlight
Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI
Book I would recommend: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Favorite quote: “You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.” Michelle Obama
What would people be surprised to know about you? People would be surprised to know that I was born in Baghdad, Iraq because most people don’t think I wasn’t born in the United States. I was three years old when I moved here so I attended school in America my whole life and don’t have an accent.
What is a cause you’re passionate about? A cause I am very passionate about is helping the refugees around the world. I believe that it is our responsibility to aid the people that are fleeing war torn and unsafe countries. We could only imagine how much sacrifice it takes to leave your home for a better life and I want to help them as much as I can.
Why did you choose to attend MSP? I chose to attend MSP because I have always had the passion to pursue a career in psychology. When I discovered MSP I was impressed by their sense of community, drive to make each student a better person and professional, and the humanistic approach that is the foundation of their curriculum.
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? What I want to do with my degree is work as a child psychologist to help the younger generation learn to cope with the stresses of life. I would like to eventually teach psychology in community colleges and introduce students to the subject.
What is your plan for after graduation? My plan after graduation is to work in the field as an LLP and hopefully return to pursue my PsyD.
ABA Student Spotlight
Hometown: Milford, MI
Program: MA with ABA
Book I would recommend: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Favorite quote: “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” Walt Disney
What would people be surprised to know about you? In my spare time I am a metalsmith. I love to create things with my hands and am constantly planning new projects. Not just metal projects, but any crafty thing- crochet, woodworking, baking, and a lot of other things. I enjoy getting my hands dirty, it makes me feel accomplished.
What is a cause you’re passionate about? I’m extremely passionate about autism awareness and acceptance of all people. I’ve also been involved and passionate about creating strong girls and young women through Girl Scouting. I’ve been involved in scouting for 20 years now, and I love to see the confidence and character that is built through the program.
Why did you choose to attend MSP? I know personally I do best when I am in a smaller community of students. The small size of the school was attractive to me, but most importantly I was drawn to the humanistic approach of teaching. I feel that this is the most important side of psychology and felt that I would do best at this school, knowing my morals align with that which is taught.
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? I want to be able to provide hope and confidence for families that have a child with autism. I hope to use my BCBA certification to give guidance and support to those who need it.
What is your plan for after graduation? I hope to graduate and pass the BCBA exam. After that, I hope to either continue as a BCBA or to go on to get my BCBA-D.
PsyD Student Spotlight
Hometown: Dearborn, MI
Book I would recommend: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D
Favorite quote:“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” William Butler Yeats
What would people be surprised to know about you? People would be surprised to learn that I am a Veteran.
What is a cause that you’re passionate about? Causes I am passionate about consist of children with learning disabilities, mental health treatment for veterans, and suicide awareness.
Why did you choose to attend MSP? After completing my Masters degree at MSP, I have found them to be a close community of peers and scholars. I feel a personal and professional pull to the school and I would not have imagined looking elsewhere for a doctoral program.
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? I would like to become a Clinical Health Psychologist in a primary healthcare setting.
What is your plan for after graduation? I plan to find work as a Clinical Health Psychologist in a primary healthcare setting.
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