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Current Walden Program: PhD in Social Work with a focus in Clinical Social Work
Education: MSW, BSW, AA in Social and Behavioral Sciences, AA in General Studies
Location: Texas (Central Time Zone)
Research Interests: mental healthcare deficiencies in U.S. rural communities; military/veteran mental health
Hobbies and Interests: traveling, listening to music, singing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends
Why did you choose Walden University?
I chose Walden University because I loved that they empower us as students to promote social change and impact our communities both locally and globally. It was a strong part of my value system and what I believe in.
What have you learned about yourself so far in your doctoral journey?
I have learned that when you are on this doctoral journey you will continuously evolve and redevelop your scholastic voice in a variety of ways that transitions you from being the scholar to being the subject matter expert.
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Where did you attend your first residency?
I attended my first residency in Denver, Colorado.
What did you find most valuable about residency?
I found the dissertation presentations that Residency 4 students present to be very helpful. It gave me an idea of how to prepare for my defense process. I also enjoyed the IRB and qualitative presentations because that provided me with various tools to prepare for what's next after coursework. I also enjoyed the one on one meetings with various professors because I gained lots of different perspectives on how to make my research stronger.
How did you network at your residency?
I exchanged numbers and email addresses with a lot of cohort members. Some of us have met up at other residencies. We have also joined student-led Facebook groups for support each step of the way. It's been very beneficial to have that support, and not feel alone in this process.
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