University of Michigan
Applied Behavior Analysis MA
Foreign Language: Arabic, Spanish
Class of 2019
I am from Salem, New Hampshire. I recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan. In my undergraduate studies, I was exposed to the field of applied behavior analysis during my senior year. I chose to pursue a MA in ABA at William James College for a number of reasons. William James College is a small school that makes a large impact on its surrounding community. Also, the focus on experiential learning is helpful in development of important professional skills. Class sizes are designed to be small which allows for more contact and familiarity with faculty. Classes are typically scheduled in the evenings, which allows for flexible work hours. Currently, I work full time as a case manager and teaching assistant at Perkins School for the Blind. Another advantage of the ABA program at William James College is the ability to conduct individual research while not being required a dissertation. My career goals are to become a licensed Behavior Analyst and work with adolescents. I would love to continue my education in either applied behavior analysis or cognitive behavioral neuroscience.
My advice to incoming students is to let go of all your preconceived notions about graduate school. When you get into this new environment, don’t be afraid to ask questions. The reason you are here is to learn, so it is perfectly fine to be confused about something, as long as you reach out for help in the right direction! You will be amazed at everyone’s willingness to lend a helping hand.