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Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you are from.
I am from Wahoo, NE (a small town north of Lincoln, our capitol). I have two younger siblings and I am currently engaged to another Forest student (Lindsey Colburn). We both crossed our fingers and applied at the same time and luckily we both got in. I was a therapist for 2 years before coming to Forest and mainly worked with children and their parents. Before that I worked as a direct care staff at a day treatment program for children with Severe Emotional Disorders. I bleed Husker Red every football Saturday! Go Big Red! (we are a community of die-hard college football fans). In between classes, homework, a job, etc., etc., I like playing golf, basketball, movies, and reading.
What made you choose Forest Institute over other institutions?
The cost, the faculty who I interviewed with (very warm and inviting), and we already had a few friends who went there. I also liked having the Murney clinic connected to our school. Finally, the small close-knit aspect of Forest was what I was looking for.
How does this program compare to your expectations?
So far I have been pleasantly surprised. The connections I have made will most likely last after I graduate (faculty and fellow students). I have been offered opportunities to grow academically already in my first year. The classes are at a high level and I feel confident I will be prepared for licensure and for future clinical work.
What surprised you the most about Forest?
How easy it was to fit in and feel like I have always been a part of the Forest community. The faculty and staff have been excellent and welcoming.
Are there any particular challenges you’ve encountered?
Adapting to the schedule of being a full-time student again while working. It has been difficult finding times for fun and sleep!
Do you recall a funny story about your experience at Forest?
When I learned Dr. Spray listens to Lil Wayne in her free time.
Do you have any "words of wisdom” for individuals considering graduate school (oryour chosen concentration)?
MFT is a great and challenging track. I am partial to PsyD schools because I enjoy the clinical aspect of psychology. I believe you are given more opportunities to hone your clinical skills in a PsyD program but of course I am biased.
What do you like most about living in Springfield, Missouri?
It reminds me a lot of Lincoln, NE. I feel comfortable here and relatively safe. I have enjoyed exploring this town.
What is your favorite restaurant in Springfield?
Kai is our favorite Sushi restaurant but when we want to sit down and have dinner and a beer, The Roost is pretty good too.
What is your favorite band in Springfield?
I don't have a favorite band in Springfield but I am trying to get my buddy's band The Killigans to travel south for a show. Fingers crossed.
What is the one thing everyone should do in Springfield, and why?
Visit the downtown area at night or during the day and if you get a chance check out a Springfield Cardinals game.
Best thing to do on a cheap date in Springfield?
Reverse happy hour at just about any Sushi restaurant or do the Art Walk (first Friday of every month?). Or you can find quite a few nice places to sit, talk, and enjoy a drink downtown.