Student Ambassador: Bridget Gerstel
Student Ambassador, Clinical Psychology PsyD
|Program||Clinical Psychology PsyD|
Dear prospective William James College students,
My name is Bridget Gerstel and I grew up in Melrose, MA and now live in Medford, about a thirty-minute commute from William James College. I am in the Clinical PsyD program here at William James and expect to graduate in 2022. In 2011, I graduated with a BA in Psychology from Manhattan College and proceeded to work in the field for a few years before I sought out graduate school. I worked in research and in a social work setting before deciding to pursue a higher degree.
I chose William James College because I was excited about the applied practice focus that the program has to offer. The opportunity to work in the field each year allows you to explore a multitude of clinical settings and populations of varying ages and diagnoses, while simultaneously taking classes. I currently am placed at Memorial-Spaulding Elementary School where I am learning how to administer and score psychological tests, conduct both individual and group therapy, and receive consistent guidance and supervision from the school psychologist. There are also many work study positions available at William James College, which allows for more professional development in areas of specific interests. I currently work as an Administrative Assistant for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Services Program for Director, Marc Abelard; it is a wonderful bachelor completion program specifically designed for people who haven’t been able, because of finances or circumstances, to complete their degrees.
Advice for new students would be to definitely stay organized and utilize the resources William James College has to offer. Mapping out a plan of attack for the semester to help stay on track will do wonders for stress levels. My biggest fear coming into the program was having to take a statistics class again; luckily, I took advantage of the one on one tutoring program (ARC) and the optional review sessions consistently run throughout the semester by the student Teaching Assistants. With the additional help I managed to survive my first semester!
The faculty and students here are extremely supportive and welcoming; don’t be afraid to ask questions and have fun. Enjoy the journey, it will fly by before you know it! I definitely would love to share more helpful tips or answer any questions you may have, please feel free to reach out at any time and best of luck with your graduate pursuits!