Loyola University Maryland


There and Back Again

by Alexander Jasion, ’17,  B.A. Psychology, '20, M.S. Clinical Professional Counseling

Alexander Jasion in a suit. Formal headshot.

Nearly 5 years ago, I opened my acceptance letter to Loyola University Maryland. It was a cold March day, and I remember standing dumbfounded as I had been accepted to the school of my dreams. I looked forward to beginning this journey, but the prospect of deciding what I wanted to do for the rest of my life was daunting. I had no idea what I wanted to do. I considered becoming an accountant, like my dad and uncle, and I enjoyed my high school psychology class. I thought the latter was more interesting, so I decided to give it a try. Ever since my first class on campus, I knew I made the right choice. Every professor was so passionate about their respective studies in psychology. I was exposed to countless schools of thought and given a strong foundation of knowledge that I use every day in my graduate studies. Two of my favorites, Dr. Marianna Carlucci and Dr. Samantha Rukert, held such compelling lectures that I found myself reflecting and doing research outside of class. The faculty and staff in the psychology department are incredibly passionate and show a genuine desire to help students succeed.

Chiang Mai, Thailand. Study Abroad 2016

When I graduated in the Spring of 2017, I once again found myself unsure of my future. I was not sure if I wanted to commit to more school or to find a job like many of my peers. Unable to decide, I took a job in the financial industry about a year ago as a data analyst. As I worked, I began to realize that furthering my psychology education and becoming a clinician was the path I wanted to follow. I knew of Loyola’s reputation, so I applied to their program.

Being a Clinical Professional Counseling master’s student at Loyola has been a different experience than my undergraduate studies. The papers are longer, chapters are denser, and the material is more demanding. Being surrounded by other students who share my passion and have a desire to help others is worth the effort. I am still in first semester of the program, but I could not be happier with the decision that I made to return to Loyola.

At both eighteen and twenty-three, I turned to Loyola University Maryland. When I was unsure and more sure than I had ever been. I know it can provide the same environment and care to incoming undergraduates.


Jaclyn Truncellito Range

As the executive director of Back On My Feet Baltimore, Jackie works to effect change through community, compassion, and running