Meet Lindsay Vo

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you are from.

I'm a second year Psy.D. student. I'm a generalist, so I don't have a concentration. I was born in California, but I moved to the Midwest when I was 10-years-old. I got my bachelor's degree at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

What made you choose Forest Institute over other institutions?

The admissions process was more rigorous here, so I felt like I tried harder to get in. That was more gratifying when I was accepted.

The community here was so close and friendly when I visited, and the Murney clinic was amazing! I had never seen a program with its own clinic connected with its Psy.D. program.

The professors here are really great. They all have practiced or are currently practicing, and they bring that experience into the classroom. Many of the programs that I looked at, the professors are more research oriented, which is great, but it isn't what I want to do. I want to be a practitioner.

What surprised you the most about Forest?

What surprised me most was the diversity of political views, religious and spiritual views, and clinical interest views. it's just a very diverse population here, and everyone seems to have an open mind about learning about other people's opinions and thoughts.

Are there any particular challenges you’ve encountered?

One of the biggest Challenges that I face is being ok with being a generalist. I feel that people are quick to want to specialize.

Do you have a moment in your academic career at Forest that you are proud of?

Yes, My was in an assessment class, and it was my first exposure to assessment. I had some trouble early in the class, and didn't do as well as I would have liked during my first few assessments. It took a lot of perseverance and patience, but I did really well on my last few assessments and it was a good moment for me. I'm proud of the hard work that I put in, and sticking with it even though it was difficult in the beginning.

What is the one thing everyone should do in Springfield, and why?

Check out the Halloween pub crawl that they have every year. It was interesting seeing all the different costumes. They closed off the entire downtown area and people were dressed up and walking everywhere