"My experience so far at SJC has been great, the psychology department has the most incredible professors by far."
Psychology Major, Biology Minor
Class of 2017
As a sister of a profoundly disabled older brother, I have always wanted to help others. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a doctor of sorts.
Now I know exactly what I want to do and am in the process of fulfilling those dreams by working towards acquiring my Ph.D. or Psy.D.
Deciding on SJC
"There are many opportunities to get involved and informative resources available to students..."
I decided to attend SJC because it was a commuter school and its small class sizes appealed to me greatly. The fact that it was a commuter school was important to me because, as an aspiring physician assistant at the time of freshman year, I had to accomplish 1,000 hours of shadowing including patient contact experience all before applying to any programs.
I wanted to personally go right into a PA program from undergraduate without a gap year, so I figured staying home would be the best option for me to complete all of my hours with the greatest ease and convenience. I feel that I would not have been able to shadow five different physicians and physician assistants, volunteer at various hospitals and nursing facilities and work as a medical assistant during my undergraduate years had I not went to a commuter school.
My experience so far at SJC has been great, the psychology department has the most incredible professors by far. There are many opportunities to get involved and informative resources available to students, for example several graduate school fairs and info sessions to attend.
A Clinical Future
"My true passion was to be a licensed clinical psychologist..."
At the beginning of freshman year I wanted to be a physician assistant. I have always had a love for psychology and psychiatry, so I was hoping to specialize in psychiatry as a PA. However, through an internship I set up the end of junior year at Stony Brook's psychological training clinic, I realized that my true passion was to be a licensed clinical psychologist.
My plan for after graduate is to attend a Ph.D. or Psy.D. program for clinical psychology to accomplish my goal of being a clinical psychologist. I have an inordinate amount of patience for persons suffering with mental illness or difficulties and feel it is my purpose to help them. One would think that all of my hours I acquired in efforts to apply to PA school were wasted, however, I do not view it this way as those experiences lead me to my decision to change my career path to something I was truly passionate about early enough for me to still change and pursue it.