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Zachary CohenZachary Cohen

New York 
Marist College
Clinical Psychology PsyD
Class of 2020 
zachary_cohen@williamjames.edu

Hi prospective students or parents of prospective students! I am from the suburbs of Albany County in New York, moved to Poughkeepsie, NY to earn my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Marist College.

The fall before my undergraduate graduation it came time for me to choose what kind of program I wanted to go into. I had been pre-med track at Marist for my entire undergraduate career up until that point and was originally going to take a year off to study for the MCAT and apply to medical school, but had begun to realize that becoming a psychiatrist wouldn’t give me the patient care time and the ability to really help my patients that I was looking for. I thought about a master’s degree in mental health counseling, but realized that there was so much more I could do to help my communities if I pursued a higher degree, which left me with three options: a PhD program, a PsyD program, or taking a year off to think really think about which one would be best for me. I chose to forgo time off from school and jump headfirst into a doctoral program, and knew that if I wanted to work with and help real patients instead of research that would help real patients, a PsyD was the right decision for me. With only one month left to take the GRE and apply to programs, the APA accredited schools list became my best friend. I only applied to four PsyD programs, and after reading more and more about William James, I decided that this was the school for me. I couldn’t have made a better decision.

The William James community is one of the greatest things about the school. Not only do the faculty and staff treat you like their peers, they will bend over backwards to help you with anything you need—all you have to do is ask. The other students in the program are amazing and friendly, and everyone treats you like you’re family. Another amazing thing about WJC is their commitment to diversity, not just in their students but in the populations they work to serve. Few institutions place as much value on diversity and culture as WJC, which was extremely close to my heart as a Jewish student that went to a predominantly Catholic undergraduate program.

I am currently in my first year of the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at William James College, and will hopefully one day be working with children, adolescents, adults, and families coping with mood and behavioral disorders. Throughout my time here, I am constantly reminded of how amazing my choice to come here has been, and how I know I will never regret joining this family. Their commitment to hands-on learning is just another example of how they do everything they can to help you succeed and become an agent of change in your community.

To students considering WJC, absolutely reach out to either me, one of the other ambassadors, or the admissions office. We’d love to hear from you!