- Class of 2018
- Program M.S. Clinical Professional Counseling
Originally from Pennsylvania, Julie, '16, holds bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Spanish from Loyola University Maryland. As an undergraduate student, she received the Whelan Medal for highest academic average in all courses. “I chose to return to Loyola for my master’s degree in Counseling Psychology not only because I knew from experience that I would receive an unparalleled education, but also because of the high caliber of professional opportunities in the field available in Baltimore and the surrounding area,” she says. Julie has taken advantage of the chance to work with faculty on research projects, and the combination of lectures, discussion, and external placements that makes up the classroom format. Julie's time in Loyola's program has ignited her passions and inspired her to pursue education beyond her master’s degree; she will apply to Ph.D. programs in Counseling Psychology to further her education and experience in the field. "Nearly every professor who I have encountered throughout my time at Loyola influenced me in some way," says Julie. "Michiko Iwasaki, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, continues to assist me in present-day and future-oriented decisions. Whether in the context of research, course selection, or volunteer opportunities, Dr. Iwasaki has had a profound impact on me as a student and on my professional development. Above all, Dr. Iwasaki’s teaching, advising, and mentorship embodies the Loyola mission and Jesuit values."
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Implementing my Loyola education through my clinical experiences with patients has proven to me that I am achieving my goals of becoming a knowledgeable, empathetic, and skilled clinician.