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Michelle JolsonMichelle Jolson

Brown University
Clinical Psychology PsyD
Geropsychology Concentration
Class of 2021

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, I travelled to the East Coast for my undergraduate education.  At Brown University, my steadfast pre-med mentality slowly shifted with each internship and clinical experience.  I soon found myself reading abnormal psychology material before completing my chemistry labs.  I began to gravitate toward internships that put me face-to-face with patients in primary care settings rather than with subjects in labs.  Through my clinical experiences and volunteer opportunities, I discovered that I found great enjoyment working with older adults.  My interests even propelled me to complete an honors thesis investigating the positivity effect in older adults by exploring the relationships between mood and memory.    

Commencing my last lap of undergraduate education, it became clear that I would be taking the GRE as opposed to the MCAT.  During the application process, William James College quickly became one of my top choices for a myriad of reasons, foremost of which: the opportunity to concentrate in Geropsychology.  While I applied to over a dozen programs and attended multiple interviews, it wasn't until my prospective student day at William James College that I had the gut feeling that this was the right place for me.  

Since accepting a spot in the 2021 cohort at William James College, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the program.  I take part in the Gero Volunteer Corps, a student group that organizes volunteer opportunities and educational experiences with older adults.  Additionally, I am a representative in the Student Coordinating Committee, which collaborates with the Dean of Students Office to plan activities and voice the students' opinions.  In my spare time, I am also pursuing a personal interest in sports psychology.  I truly believe that the resources and education that William James College provides will allow me to achieve my future goals. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.  The admissions office is another fantastic resource, along with the rest of the William James College website.  Furthermore, I would recommend looking at the other student ambassadors' bios to see if there is a person whose interests overlap with yours.