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MA Student Spotlight

Matthew DeVore

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Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI

Program: MA

Book I would recommend: Being-In, Being-For, Being-With by Clark Moustakas

Favorite Quote: “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” OG Mandino

What would people be surprised to know about you? 

Before I enrolled at MSP, I went on a two-month Outward Bound Outdoor Educator semester course in Maine and Costa Rica. I obtained numerous certifications and I also learned how to be a more compassionate and effective communicator and leader. These two months led me to ultimately change my career path from sports management to psychology.

What makes MSP special?

MSP is special to me because I am constantly being encouraged by my fellow students and the faculty members to take chances on myself to become a more well-rounded person. The community here has helped me rediscover my love for learning and engaging in meaningful conversations.

How does a psychology degree fit into your life’s plan?

A psychology degree fits into my plans because I would like to get into sports psychology or wilderness therapy somewhere down the road. Due to my swimming background and my Outward Bound experience, I realized how crucial our mental health and mindset is for our personal growth and development. My anxiety and inability to trust and validate my own thoughts and experiences led me to constantly doubt myself and I would go through the motions at times because of my anxiety. Since I am constantly learning something new about the field of psychology, I am open to exploring all of my options outside of sports psychology and wilderness therapy. 

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