"The knowledge and experiences afforded to me during my time at LU proved to be extremely valuable in both my post-graduate studies and my career."
Where are you from?
Originally I am from a small town in Western New York outside of Buffalo.
What did you do immediately after graduating from Lindenwood?
Immediately upon graduation I enrolled in the School Counseling master’s program at Lindenwood. I also worked full-time as an Early Childhood Teacher in a preschool classroom during this time.
What are you doing now?
Right now, I am a School Counselor at Hazelwood Central High School. It is my goal to go back to school to earn a Doctorate in Educational Psychology.
How did your experience in the psychology department at Lindenwood help you in your postgraduate studies/career path?
The knowledge and experiences afforded to me during my time at LU proved to be extremely valuable in both my post-graduate studies and my career. The faculty within the LU psych department are so knowledgeable and hands on, really caring about the success of each student. I focused my studies primarily on research and the LU psych department gave me the opportunity to conduct independent research under the supervision of a faculty member and the opportunity to travel and present this research at local and regional conferences.
It really was because of my experience at Lindenwood and with the psychology department specifically, that sparked my curiosity and love for studying learning and everything that can affect a person’s ability to learn. This pushed me to pursue a career in education (school counseling specifically) where it is my goal to utilize psychological principles to enhance the public education system for the betterment of all students.
What advice do you have for current and prospective students?
My biggest advice for current and prospective students is to take advantage of the opportunities given to you; there are opportunities waiting for you, go to class, pay attention, get involved, and figure out what you find fascinating and pursue it. Also, talk to your professors, they are knowledgeable and care about your success just as much as you do.
If you would like to get in touch with Alissa, please contact Dr. Michiko Nohara-LeClair.