MSPP Student Ambassador
Roger Williams University
2nd year MA in Forensic & Counseling Psychology program
My name is Kristen Andrade and I am a second year student in the MA in Forensic & Counseling Psychology program. I am also a nontraditional student because I already have a Masters degree in Psychology and have been in the field for over a decade. I decided to go back to school to pursue an additional Masters, so that I could go for licensure and become an LMHC. This is something that I have wanted to do for such a long time, but the timing was never right, until now.
My plan moving forward is to go on to a supervisory position at the agency I am at now. I would also like to be able to offer groups for the community I work in because this has been an ongoing obstacle in this field and I have found that group work is a great way to work on many mental health issues. My long-term goal though is to work in the forensic field helping DYS involved youth learn team-building skills and then maybe move on to be a profiler in the FBI. I chose MSPP because the blended format of the classes works well with my busy schedule. I work full-time and would not be able to go to school full-time if I had to travel to classes. I had been looking for some time for an online format graduate program, but could not find any the interested me. This was until I opened my search to forensic programs because I have always enjoyed this type of work and when I did this, the first school that came up was MSPP. I took this as a sign and filled out the application immediately.
In my short time here at MSPP, I have found the professors very helpful and knowledgeable. The classes are great and I am looking forward to starting the forensic ones. It was great taking the general classes because they served as a refresher for myself because it had been so long since I was in school. The first year has been an adjustment though because there is a lot of work to do and the blended classes do seem to fly by, so it is easy to get stressed. My advice for new students is to budget your time, get connected with your professors and make time for yourself. If you are feeling overwhelmed, just talk with your advisor or professors, they are there to help and will do whatever they can to work with you.
Please feel free to contact me for an advice I may be able to share or you can go to any other student here; they are all very helpful and willing to give their support. God luck to you all and remember to avoid the stress, take time for yourself!