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Alexa Resetar

Hometown: Dearborn Heights, MI

Program: MA

Book I would recommend: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez  

Favorite quote: “Still, you can only do what you’re able.” Jeffrey Eugenides (Middlesex

What would people be surprised to know about you? I swam competitively for seventeen years, including at both the NCAA Division I and III levels.
What is a cause you’re passionate about? I am deeply interested in pursuing the advancement of women’s rights and the recognition of the disadvantages women, especially in this country, have to overcome on a day to day basis.
Why did you choose to attend MSP? MSP’s approach of thorough self exploration and comprehensive learning highly resonates with me, as I lean towards critically examining all materials and utilizing an intersectional framework.
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate?Although my intent is to apply for MSP’s PsyD program immediately following, I am particularly interested in continuing to broaden my learning experiences and hopefully continuing to work with the eating disorder population or perhaps with at-risk youth in the Metro Detroit area.

MA with ABA Student Spotlight

Michelle Kruz  

Hometown: Livonia, MI
Program: MA with ABA Certificate

Book I would recommend: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Favorite quote: “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” Michelangelo

What would people be surprised to know about you? People might be surprised to know that I am an identical twin. My sister, Nicole lives in Germany and I love visiting her and traveling with her as often as I can.
What is a cause you’re passionate about? I am very passionate about art and the creative arts as a form of learning, communication, and self-expression. I fully support the creative arts as a complementary therapy and have my masters in art therapy from Wayne State University. I believe art helps people see the world clearly, helps them communicate in a positive manner, and helps them connect to a deeper understanding and meaning.
Why did you choose to attend MSP? I chose to attend MSP for two reasons. The first being the school itself, I love feel and design of the campus. Not specifically the design aesthetically (that is great too), but the design that it lends itself to a close knit community specifically tailored to the field of psychology. Knowing that everyone that surrounds me is someone who represents the profession sounds like exactly the type of environment I would like to study in. The second (and main) reason I chose the school was for the program itself, being able to couple a psychology masters with a BCBA certificate was ideal for my career goals and I love being able to complete the two paths at the same school.
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? After graduation, I plan to continue my work with my current employer who specializes in TBI. I currently utilize my art therapy credentials as well as hold a behavioral assistant position with my company. After receiving my degree I plan to increase my responsibility with my employer and become a more well-rounded clinician so I can help more clients meet their needs.  

PsyD Student Spotlight

Paul Farley

Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI
Program: PsyD

Book I would recommend: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Favorite quote: “It’s never too late to be what you could have been.” George Eliot

What would people be surprised to know about you? People would be surprised to know I’ve gone to Pine Ridge South Dakota three times with my clients to build relationships with those on the Native American Indian Reservation.
What is a cause that you’re passionate about? I am passionate about teaching youth about ways to love and support each other during their struggles at school.
Why did you choose to attend MSP? I chose to attend MSP because I love the community and educational collaboration that comes with a smaller school.               
What do you want to do with your degree/certificate? I would like to become a Licensed Psychologist in the United States Army with my degree following graduation.

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