University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Clinical Psychology PsyD
Class of 2022
Hello prospective students! I would like to introduce you to the William James community!
My name is Kirolos Boulos and I am currently a first-year doctoral student in the William James Clinical Psychology PsyD program. I hope to join the Neuropsychology concentration in my second year here. I was born in Asyut, Egypt, but grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. I earned my bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. “GO UMASS.” During my time there, I studied psychology on the neuroscience track. Throughout my life, I have always had a passion for helping people. I was always interested in studying human behavior, and trying to understand why people do what they do. When I first started at UMass, I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician. I figured I could help kids, keep them healthy, and make a lot of money doing it. As I went through school, I realized that a career as a pediatrician would not be satisfying for me. It was then that I discovered Clinical Psychology. I wanted a career that would tap into my empathetic disposition. A career in which I could build meaningful relationships with my patients, and in turn, hopefully having a positive influence on their well-being. At UMass, I was a Research Assistant in a lab that looked at negotiations technique in interpersonal relationships. I was also a founding father of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. As a brother, I was on many committees as well served as the Philanthropy chair and Public Relations chair. Outside school, I volunteered at a health center for elderly folk, at a hospice clinic, and at my church.
I chose William James College for two major reasons. The first being the Experiential Education model, which means going to classes as well as getting closely-supervised clinical training. This model works with how I learn best, getting hands on experience. It gives the students the ability to take what they learn in the classroom and immediately be able to apply it to clinical work. Coming from someone who did not have any clinical experience, I understand that the idea of seeing your first client or patient right when you start school can be intimidating. WJC does not leave you out there all alone, they provide support in many ways. Through different courses, supervisors both on and off site, as well as faculty advisors. Upon graduating, with my degree I will have thousands of hours of training which will help to make me more marketable to future employers (at least I hope so).
The next reason I chose William James College was because of the faculty. I attended an Open-House the fall before I was applying. I usually do not socialize much at these types of events. I will attend, listen to a lecture, grab some flyers, then leave. During this open-house it just felt different. I started talking to a few of the faculty, then on my way out I ran into another faculty member who really sold the school to me. He and I hit it off very well. He showed a true desire to really understand my passion to help others. We both appreciated the fact that WJC is committed to teaching cultural sensitivity to their students. Being an immigrant, I can appreciate the strive to try to understand those who are different than myself.
I encourage you to explore and program and reach out! Contact faculty members and students, as these connections will become valuable in aiding you in picking a program that suits your needs. The William James community is here to help answer any questions you have.
Feel free to contact myself or any of the other student ambassadors. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have in more detail.