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PsyD Student Spotlight

Sierra GillisPhoto of Sierra Gillia

Hometown: Dearborn, MI

Program: PsyD

Book I would recommend: You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Favorite Quote: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” Mahatma Ghandi

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I think people may be surprised to know that I am completely deaf in my right ear and have a little sister who is deaf as well! We were both born with the disabilities, but as a future clinical psychologist and a current RN, we were taught to never let our disabilities stop us. 

What have you learned from other students?

I am fortunate to have learned just as much from other students than I have from my professors at MSP! One of my most memorable lessons learned was that I cannot do this (aka my schooling) alone. Forming friendships, study groups, and having open communication with my cohort members are one of the many columns that have and continue to support me throughout my experience here. I am super lucky and appreciative of my cohort members!   

What makes MSP special?

MSP has such a special place in my heart. From attending the full time MA program to my current journey through the PsyD program, I am so grateful I found this school! The intimacy, small classes, but most importantly, the amazing and genuine staff and faculty that work here is what makes MSP so special. Every professor I have met thus far has been more than willing to offer me something so priceless: their time.

What is your plan for after graduation?

After graduation, I hope to teach at the graduate level, consult with public school systems, and own a private practice where psychological assessments for school aged children are conducted.

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