Meet Cheryl Jones

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

I'm in my first year at Forest, and I'm in the Master's en-route to Psy.D. Program.

I'm from Ft. Smith, AR. I went to the University of Arkansas, Ft. Smith and got my bachelor's degree in psychology.

What made you choose Forest Institute over other institutions?

When I came here for my interview, I really liked the sense of community. The Robert J. Murney Clinic was absolutely amazing, and the opportunities for learning there is what pushed me towards wanting to come here.

How does this program compare to your expectations?

It is definitely meeting my expectations. It's a hard program and has been a challenging commitment.

What surprised you the most about Forest?

I have been most surprised by the relationships students have with faculty and administration. That I can just knock on the dean's door and come in and sit down and talk, and I know that he knows me, and is going to listen to me has been really great for me.

Are there any particular challenges you’ve encountered?

The biggest challenge for me has been the curriculum. The main thing has been just getting in the swing of a new program and the difficulties that come with it.


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

I just got my grades back. I finished my finals, and I got my first "A" in graduate school! I am ecstatic right now!


Do you have any "words of wisdom” for individuals considering graduate school (or your chosen concentration)?

Be willing to make the commitment, it's not something you can do on the side. There's a lot of work involved

What is your favorite restaurant in Springfield?

Bairs. They have the best burgers. Some girls in my cohort and I go a couple times a month for their $2 off Tuesday and Thursday specials.

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

Bass Pro Shop. Coming from Arkansas, I have roots in hunting and fishing, and that's the go-to place.