Photo of Natalya ZerkaNatalya Zerka

Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI

Program: PsyD

Book I would recommend: Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

Favorite Quote: “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” Oscar Wilde

What would people be surprised to know about you? 

People would be surprised to know that I went skydiving for my birthday last year!

Name a cause you are passionate about.

I am passionate about the relief efforts currently attempting to uplift Lebanon after two years of government instability, economic crisis, and the devastating port explosion.

Why did you choose MSP?

I chose to attend MSP for its strong sense of community and sincere desire for students to succeed. After my experience in the master’s program last year, returning for my doctorate was a no brainer.

What do you plan to do with your degree?

I still have a long way to go, but I would eventually like to open a practice. I would like one of the specialties of my practice to be a safe place for individuals suffering from problems with self-esteem and body image.

What is your plan after graduation?

After graduation, I would like to get certified as an eating disorder specialist.

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