Hometown: Pleasant Ridge, MI
Study Abroad: Erlangen, Germany
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cake Batter
Best Adjective to Describe You: Openness
In 10 words or less, why should someone want to be a part of this department?
German is awesome, and the faculty is amazing.
When did you know you wanted to study this area? What pathway led you to this department?
I learned German since I was a child, and I have family in Austria, who I have visited many times. Therefore, Germany/Austria have felt like a second home to me, and this comfort led me to study German and gain a better understanding of its culture; hence, study abroad.
What is the best way to get (and stay) connected to this department?
Take a German class (or many) to get acquainted with the faculty, and ask them many questions expressing your interests in wanting to learn the language! The teachers are very receptive to your questions, and are always open to speak with you within and outside of class time.
What would you miss the most if you were no longer a part of this department?
The fact that the teachers of this department are all very open and willing to accept any questions, even if you feel like you have no idea why you are asking them the things you are asking to begin with!
What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Graduate school, pursuing a PhD in clinical child psychology, which will be a long and enduring road of schooling and standardized tests, ultimately culminating in my ownership of a private practice (most likely Michigan based) for children with a certain developmental disorder (e.g., Autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders, etc.).
What has been the biggest surprise you have encountered at K?
Nothing really surprised me to the point where I was taken aback (see adjective to describe me at top).
How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
They have allowed me to understand Germany and its culture, and they have fostered the growth of my knowledge of German in the classes at K.
What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
Abnormal psychology was my favorite class at K, because I find the topic extremely interesting, and I want to become a professional at treating children with disorders (or not). I am preparing to devote my life to the study of abnormal psychology in children and developing strategies for clinical interventions that will allow them to gain independent living skills and the peace of mind they rightfully deserve as human beings.
What is your SIP?
Transitions: An independent living skills group therapy for adolescents. This group gives adolescents (ages 16-22) who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder the skills they need to live independently, and to transition into adulthood with security and stability. This group is based in the Daily Behavioral Health Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and it meets once weekly.