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Samantha CristolSamantha Cristol

New York
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Clinical Psychology PsyD
Children & Families of Adversity & Resilience (CFAR) Concentration
Class of 2019

I am from Long Island, New York and moved to Massachusetts for my undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where I double majored in psychology and sociology. I completed by bachelors degree in May 2015, and knew I wanted to pursue a degree in clinical psychology. After developing a solid support network and falling in love with Boston, my goal was to remain in the state for graduate school. I chose William James College for a variety of reasons. Foremost, it is rare to find an accredited Clinical PsyD program with the sense of community William James College has. From my first visit to the campus for an open house, I was welcomed with open arms and truly felt like I would be joining family; a feeling not felt in any of the other schools I visited. Furthermore, the curriculum offered at William James includes many diversity classes and an emphasis on the importance of culture. The passion for diversity on the campus is unlike any I experienced at other schools.

I am currently a first-year student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at William James College. I am in the Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR) concentration. Throughout my time at WJC, as we call it, I have grown as a person both personally and professionally. The professors, faculty, and even my classmates push you to achieve your best. In addition, the college has a commitment to interweaving theory with practice; having students attend class as well as attend a practicum site starting in the first year!

To new and prospective students, I suggest you reach out and ask questions! Everyone at WJC is more than willing to answer any questions or concerns you may have. I am more than happy to serve as a resource for you and hope you will ask me questions! I hope you make the decision to become part of the WJC family!

Good luck!