MSPP Student Ambassador
University of New Hampshire
2nd year MA in Counseling Psychology program
Hello everyone! My name is Michelle Solomon and I am 24 years old. I am currently a second year student in the MA in Counseling Psychology program and hope to further continue my studies here at MSPP. I am originally from Rhode Island but now reside in Boston, which has quickly become my second home. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Business.
I became aware of my passion for mental health work when I realized I only chose jobs that involved interacting with and helping others. After pursuing two differing degrees, business and psychology, it became apparent to me that psychology would offer me the opportunity to help people rather than help myself. Unsure of what path to choose in undergrad, I sought help from my college advisor who strongly recommended the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. After college I was an employed as an activity therapist/mental health worker at a psychiatric hospital on the adolescent unit. During this experience I learned about the impact of a poor environment on a developing child. Consequently, I gained a deep commitment to helping children and adolescents. School selection was a challenging process. However, after researching MSPP’s counseling program and learning more about the curriculum and opportunity for first year field placement, I decided MSPP was my first choice. MSPP offers a strong academic and experiential education, but most importantly, a sense of community and family. My career goals are to receive my doctorate in psychology. With this degree I will have the opportunity to start programs for children and adolescents, through behavior modification and encouraging implementation of coping skills.
Attending MSPP has provided me with many opportunities to grow as a professional and counselor-in-training. The faculty and staff are fully invested in each and every student. Throughout my first year I always felt supported by the faculty and have formed lifelong relationships with peers and professors.
If I were to provide advice to incoming students, I would encourage all of you to take advantage of the many activities and programs that MSPP has to offer. My recipe for success in this program is self-care, which includes exercise, proper nutrition, time for yourself, family, and friends.
I wish all of you the best of luck in your graduate school search and welcome any questions or concerns. I look forward to getting to know incoming students!