Meet Wanda Miller
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Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you are from.
- My name is Wanda Miller. I was raised in Nevada, Missouri. I attended college at Central Missouri State University where I obtained my Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Spanish and my Master's of Science in Psychology.
How does this program compare to your expectations?
- Forest has positives and negatives. But Forest has done a great job of giving me actual real-world training. The Robert J. Murney Clinic is such an amazing resource for students.
What surprised you the most about Forest?
- There are several things which surprised me about Forest. I found that the students at Forest are more cooperative than competitive. I completed a Master’s degree before coming to Forest and students there were always trying to out do each other. At Forest, it feels like the students want to help each other succeed and learn. I was surprised at how many of my classes used interactive learning techniques and introspection of oneself. For example, many of my classes took field trips to different sites to learn about it. I also really liked how you learned about yourself as individual and the influences you have on others.
Are there any particular challenges you’ve encountered?
- The biggest challenge that I faced, besides taking comprehensive exams, is balancing class work, practicum hours, working 30 hours a week, and family/friend time. I am very lucky to have a supportive family, friends, and classmates.
Do you recall a funny story about your experience at Forest?
- My funniest times were doing work study in the Admissions office.
Do you have any "words of wisdom” for individuals considering graduate school (or your chosen concentration)?
- You need to be committed to it because it is a lot of work.
What do you like most about living in Springfield, Missouri?
- I really like all of the cultural and historical activities that are in Springfield. There is a vast variety of different opportunities to be involved in all different types of activities, hobbies, sports, etc available in Springfield. It seems to have something for everyone.
What is your favorite restaurant in Springfield?
- Fedora's Social House - It is a fondue restaurant. Very Yummy! :)
What is the one thing everyone should do in Springfield?
Go to a Springfield Cardinals game.
Best thing to do on a cheap date in Springfield?
Go to the Palace Theaters or Ice skating at Mediacom rink.