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Jazmine Williams

Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI
Program: MA

Book I would recommend: The Gifts of Imperfections by Brené Brown  

Favorite quote: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What makes MSP special? There are a variety of things that make MSP special, but in particular are the professors. All of the professors I have had for my course studies have been great. The professors are caring, empathic, and extremely knowledgeable in the course they teach. The professors truly provide a different feel of what I have experienced in traditional college classrooms. The material is taught in a variety of ways that I believe reach every student. I truly enjoy learning from the professors at MSP and when I am in class I try to soak up all of the information I can. The professors make you want to learn from them. I have never had professors before like the ones I have had at MSP.

What advice do you have for incoming students? I would advise incoming students to try their hardest to make it to every class, as participation is important, and to complete all of the readings. The readings are very important. I would also tell incoming students that if they run into a problem with their course work to just talk with the professor about the issue, and I am sure they will be of great assistance to them.            

What is your plan for after graduation? I want to become a registered child-play therapist and open my own practice working with children. I also want to obtain my doctorate degree so that I can teach and supervise incoming psych students.

What’s your favorite spot on campus and why? My favorite spot on campus is the back wooded area. This area is so calming and peaceful. I also love this area because of all the wildlife that we encounter while back there.

MA Student Spotlight

Leticia Berg  

Hometown: New York City, NY
Program: MA 

Book I would recommend: The 4 Agreements by Miguel Ruiz 

Favorite quote: “In the midst of winter, I found there was, in me, an invincible summer.” Albert Camus

What would people be surprised to know about you? People would probably be surprised that one of my first jobs was selling burial property to families.

What is a cause you’re passionate about? I am passionate about advocating for women’s rights and about ending the physical, mental and emotional abuse of women and girls in family systems and intimate relationships.
Why did you choose to attend MSP? My personal beliefs are closely aligned with the core philosophy and mission of humanistic psychology and I believe many problems of the human condition could be solved much more effectively if we all put more focus on self-actualization and compassion for others.
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? After graduating from the MA program, I would like to continue my studies in the PsyD program. My goal is to eventually open up a private practice and work primarily with women and girls in transition, i.e., recovering from addiction, abuse, illness and those dealing with such issues as sexism, ageism, racism or career changes.
What is your plan for after graduation? I plan to work towards achieving my doctoral degree. 

PsyD Student Spotlight

Mackenzie Glaros

Hometown: Royal Oak, MI
Program: PsyD

Book I would recommend: Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Dr. Kristin Neff

Favorite quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

What would people be surprised to know about you? People would be surprised to know that I love to knit and I’m actually very shy when I first meet new people.  
What is a cause that you’re passionate about? I am very passionate about equality for all people.

Why did you choose to attend MSP? I choose MSP because the professors seem to really care about the success of their students. MSP also seems to have a much organized process for beginning and completing dissertations.
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? Ultimately, I want to make a different in the lives of the people I work with. I also want to become an advocate for broader mental health care coverage. 

What is your plan for after graduation? After graduation I would like to be working in an integrated facility with medical professionals, most likely a hospital. I think it is important for Psychologists to become a larger part the health care process and to begin to work more closely with medical doctors.  

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