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Photo of Jeremy TaconJeremy Tacon 

Hometown: Christchurch, New Zealand

Program: MA

Book I would recommend:
Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov

Favorite Quote: “He aha te mea nui o te ao? he tangata he tangata he tangata!” A proverb from the native Maori people of New Zealand. It translates to: “What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people!”

What would people be surprised to know about you? 

I attended the smallest school in my country. At one stage there were only five students, three of them were my two brothers and I, the other two were sisters. It remains the smallest school to this day but the roll can be as high as 20.

Name a cause you are passionate about.

At risk LGBTQI youth. Being rejected or persecuted by family can be devastating for a young person coming to terms with their own sexuality/gender. I wish anyone in this position could see a future of success and happiness.

Why did you choose MSP?

With MSP being a small institution that has a focus on humanistic psychology it fits with my ideals of a more intimate learning environment.

What do you want to do with your degree?

I would like to help in the area of LGBTQ youth, empowering and supporting them to find their way in a confusing and confronting world.

What is your plan after graduation?

Well, it will have been five years of study for me, so I would like to take some time to read for pleasure again, then find a role that will not only challenge me, but also make real change in the lives of young people at risk and/or in crisis.

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