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Doctoral Peer Mentor Biographies:
Michelle Mertic, MSW

About Me 

Current Walden Program: EdD, Early Childhood Education

Education: MSW, EdS in Curriculum and Instruction (focused on Early Childhood Education). I also have an educational background in Infant Mental Health.

Location: Michigan (Eastern Time Zone)

Research Interests: Mental health of educators; trauma in early childhood; issues in higher education; how best to support teachers so they can support students; use of reflective supervision to support early childhood teachers.

Hobbies and Interests: Travel, reading, cooking, shopping (much to my husband's dismay, LOL)

My Advice to a New Walden Student 

Stay the course! It may feel overwhelming at first, but you've made a great choice. Take advantage of all the resources available to you.
Each and every Walden employee is here to support you and rooting for your success! Get yourself organized right away, and establish a routine
for when you will focus on your studies. Also, try to identify an area of interest for your upcoming dissertation or project study, and start gathering research.
If you have an assignment that is "open-ended" in focus, use your research interest for that focus.

My Doctoral Journey

Why did you choose Walden University?

The partnership between Walden University and the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the national organization for those of us in the profession. I knew this was a high-quality program based on that partnership.

What have you learned about yourself so far in your doctoral journey?

Not to doubt myself! This journey is not easy. Initially, I did not think I'd be able to take two classes, pass quantitative reasoning, and I even second-guessed that I belonged in a doctoral program. I do belong, and through hard work, I have been VERY successful. You CAN do this!

My Walden Residencies

Where did you attend your first residency?

Maryland! I started my program in November 2018 and attended in March 2019. 

What did you find most valuable about residency?

The residency de-mystifies the doctoral journey. By hearing from faculty in real-time, every step of the process becomes clear. The opportunity to have one-on-one time to discuss your research interest is so helpful. Having the library and writing center on-site helped me learn how to best search for relevant information and how to write like a scholar. Most of all, residency helps the student feel connected to Walden. I can't stress enough how important attendance is at residency. 

How did you network at your residency?

Talking to everyone! You will meet so many people, and some will become your friends that you will connect with long past your time at residency. It really is incredible to be with people who are on a similar journey!

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