Meet Lorin Smith

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

I'm from Ft. Drum, New York. It's about two hours north of Syracuse. I got my undergrad about an hour north of there. so, pretty close to Canada

What made you choose Forest Institute over other institutions?

I did an online cross-country search for grad schools. Forest met my requirements. I wanted a Psy.D and a concentration in Forensics as well as being able to attend classes full time.

I also have family in Kansas and Missouri.

How does this program compare to your expectations?

I thought it would be challenging, and it has been, in a good way though. I've pushed myself further than I ever had during my undergrad.

What surprised you the most about Forest?

My undergrad program wasn't too large, probably about 4000, but even in the Psychology department, there wasn't as much interaction as I get here.

The camaraderie between the faculty and the other students, whether they're in my cohort or not has been really great

Are there any particular challenges you’ve encountered?

Before I came here, I had been out of school for two years, and I didn't have to worry about time management during that time. So, it's was a challenge getting back into student-mode, but I worked through it.


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

There was a class that was a lot more challenging than I expected, and I had a slow start. but now that it is the end of the semester, I actually improved tremendously and got much a higher grade than I initially thought I would. So putting in the extra work and determination got me what i wanted.


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

I was told on my interview day, "don't get caught up in comparing yourself to others." I chose grad school later during my undergrad than most people. and I second-guessed myself in the beginning, but I'm an example of how if you want something enough to work for it, you can achieve it.

What is your favorite restaurant in Springfield?

I don't have one yet, I was overwhelmed by the choices of things to do. Where I came from in New York, there weren't too many choices. So I often think, 'How do people in Springfield choose where to go with so many options?'


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

Just getting out there and exploring. Even though school is your main focus, it's important to have a little bit of a social life.Go out and see what Springfield has to offer.


Best thing to do on a cheap date in Springfield?

There are usually concerts or shows downtown at the square. Just park and walk around, I'm sure you'll find something to see.