University of Massachusetts, Amherst
School Psychology MA/CAGS
Class of 2021
My name is Paige Laich and I am from Chelmsford, MA. I earned my BS in Psychology on the Neuroscience Track at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I chose the School Psychology MA/CAGS program at William James College because of the friendly community and emphasis on experiential education. I attended multiple open houses and found the faculty to be friendly and knowledgeable. The small cohort sizes create a close community within the School Psychology Department.
In my first year, I had my practicum at Alcott Elementary School in Concord, MA. Then, my second-year practicum was at Hale Middle School in Stow, MA. My experiences at these sites developed my professional interests in the effect of voluntary desegregation programs, such as METCO, and the experiences of students who identify with a sexual orientation and/or gender identity minority.
Outside of classes, I am involved in multiple student leadership opportunities. First, I am a Student Leader for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) where I communicate information from our professional organization to the graduate students at William James College. I also report concerns from my cohort as an Academic Councils Engaging Students (ACES) to the Leading Excellence Across Departments (LEAD) Team with other ACES and the Dean of Students Office.
As someone who worked for a few years before starting graduate school, I think gaining experience with the field is important for confirming your interest in this profession before committing to a program. New students may also benefit from getting involved in the William James College community and connecting with members of their cohort. There are many supports available here to help you through graduate school.