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Doctoral Peer Mentor Biographies:
Kimmy Porter, MS

About Me

Current Walden Program: PhD in Educational Technology

Education: MS in Curriculum & Instruction, BS in Early Childhood & Elementary Education

Location: Maryland (Eastern Time Zone)

Research Interests: Educational technology; professional development; educational trends; GSFE.

Hobbies and Interests: Baseball (Go O's!), traveling, and spending time with my family and friends

My Advice for a new Walden student


You are stronger and capable of much more than you believe. Take a breath, believe in yourself - you can do this!!!
Follow your passion and trust your gut - it will lead you to your dissertation topic.

Kimmy Porter and Family‚Äč

My Doctoral Journey

Why did you choose Walden University?

I researched and visited 10 schools for my doctorate program. Each time I visited a school and talked to faculty from the program, I felt as if something was missing or that I was looked down upon because I would still be working full time while working on my program. From the very first interest meeting that I went to for Walden University, I felt like everything finally felt right. Each person that I talked to understood that I would continue working and this program allowed me the flexibility to comfortably do so. 

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

Even though I go through phases with struggling with the imposter syndrome, I have found that I have become much more confident in my capabilities. I have also found that I am stronger than I really think. I have a crazy busy schedule and there have been many breakdowns where I am not sure how I am going to get everything done, but when I finally sit down and focus, I am able to fully apply my knowledge and grow from the experience. 

Learn more about my Walden journey

 My Doctoral Journey: Walden's Doctoral Writing Assessment (Blog)

My Walden Residencies

Where did you attend your first residency?

Atlanta, Georgia

What did you find most valuable about residency?

The connections with other students who were going through similar busy schedules, lives, and families, as well as balancing school work and research. The group of friends that I made has become my support group and we have gotten each other through so much in our academic and personal journeys.

How did you network at your residency?

I didn't force connections. I found early on that I was put off by some people who tried to force connections with everyone and I was not comfortable. My biggest connections came from the friendships that were naturally formed at our work tables each day. Forming these friendships also gave me the courage to speak up and talk to faculty members to gain insights and recommendations for research. 

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