Salem International University
Leadership Psychology PsyD
Class of 2019
Hola! Hello! My name is Jesus and it is with great pleasure that I extend to you, our future William James College students, my greetings. Although I am originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, I currently reside in the State of Rhode Island. I am of Hispanic ethnicity and a proud member of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. At the present time, I am an aspiring Organizational Leadership student in the doctorate program at William James College.
I am often asked why I chose to pursue my studies at this college and my first reaction is to laugh. I actually did not intend to apply to this school. Before I continue, please forgive my lengthy talk; it is characteristic of my Deaf Culture. To continue, William James College was suggested to me by a good friend who is a clinical psychologist. After listening to the information she presented, I decided to apply to the program. Despite that, I struggled to decide about what path I should take; should I apply for the Psy.D, Ph.D, or M.D. program. My concerns were eased after having a wonderful and very insightful conversation with Dr. Stanley as to what this institution had to offer those who entered their programs. I was thoroughly satisfied. Still, I thought it was important to allow myself some time to reflect on my goals, the path I would take, and how I wanted to make this journey. That time of self- reflection helped me to decide to select this school instead of medical school.
At the present time, I am looking forward to beginning my third semester in this program, and I love it! What stands out is the generous support I have received from this school and those who have taken my individual needs into consideration at all times. Having lived with a disability for so long, it is truly amazing and somewhat humbling for me to feel on an equal level with the entire student body; every day. My personal challenges have not affected my ability to ‘shine’ academically, and I look forward to being challenged by my classmates, my professors, and by YOU. I hope that you are able to gain some insightful information not only about my particular journey, but also about the wonderful programs offered at this institution.
I currently serve at a student ambassador of William James College; a position that is quite important to me. Furthermore, I am very involved with an organization that provides support for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, who have been victims of domestic violence and personal trauma. I am interested in working as a consultant with our community leaders and members of the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and hearing community to offer advice and guidance as to how we can all live together in harmony. I want to aid in the transformation of individuals who are struggling to turn their lives around and help them to lead happier and more productive lives. Furthermore, another goal of mine is to teach several classes at this school and to be a ‘representative’ of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. I feel that education is one of the ways to do that.
For you, William James College ‘hopefuls,’ I offer this advice. Remember to work hard and be honest with yourself, your goals, and your progress. If you do, things will work out for you in a positive way. I was raised to believe that if you fail to plan; then you plan to fail. If you do not work hard, then you cannot expect a successful academic performance. Most importantly, never be afraid to ask for help. We are all human, and each of us continues to learn every day. We are all working together, shoulder to shoulder, to achieve our dreams. Keep that in mind and you will never have to look back; the future will become clearer each day.