University of Massachusetts Amherst
Clinical Psychology PsyD
Children & Families of Adversity & Resilience (CFAR) Concentration
Class of 2019
Hello prospective and entering students!
I am originally from Brazil but have lived most of my life in Boston, Massachusetts. I completed my Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. As early as my first day, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology. Working at a Veteran's Affair's Medical Center as well as a Correctional Facility in Northampton only furthered my desire to continue in the field. I am a student in the Clinical PsyD Program with a concentration in the Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR) concentration.
There are various reasons I chose to come to William James College. One of them is because I learn better with hands-on work. William James College provides various opportunities to explore and identify the population you want to work with, and that was a huge plus for me. I fell even more in love with WJC when I attended an online seminar as well as the Open House. The staff and current students were extremely welcoming and friendly and immediately made me see myself as one of them. When I visited other schools I did not feel the school would meet my expectations as perfectly as WJC did.
Throughout my experience so far in William James College, I have learned the importance of diversity and culture in the field of Psychology. My courses, professors, and classmates have pushed me to be the best student I can be, so as to provide the best care to the people I see, and this is extremely important to me. I can honestly say what I learn in class has been applicable to working in the field, and vice-versa. Professors really want to see you succeed and work with you when you are having any difficulties with the material in class. They are also a great support system for any kind of situation.
I most definitely suggest that you get as much information as you can about the program you are interested in. Ask as many questions as you'd like and definitely come to the open houses if you can! I think you'll find that William James College is an extremely open place for learning and growth and even once you are a student here, that does not change.