Nebraska Educational Psychology: Meet Mackenzie
Meet Mackenzie Sommerhalder, a University of Nebraska graduate student in educational psychology studying school psychology.
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- [00:00:03.683]My program is a six year program.
- [00:00:05.603]First year is predominantly classes.
- [00:00:07.501]Your second year, you're in the schools
- [00:00:09.784]while taking classes.
- [00:00:11.491]Your third year, you're in our free clinic,
- [00:00:13.965]which is where we're at now.
- [00:00:15.563]In your fourth year, you then go out into the community,
- [00:00:17.886]some sort of community site,
- [00:00:19.469]and then six year, you go on internship,
- [00:00:21.581]and throughout that you're working on your dissertation,
- [00:00:23.821]you're taking the exams that you need
- [00:00:25.635]to progress from master's level to PhD.
- [00:00:30.328]I'm getting ready to go on internship
- [00:00:31.629]at the Kennedy Krieger Institute
- [00:00:33.293]and affiliated with Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore,
- [00:00:36.470]and I really would love to see myself
- [00:00:38.136]working with families who have suffered
- [00:00:40.438]from medical illness or injury
- [00:00:42.253]and helping support them through that.
- [00:00:44.963]I think Nebraska's a really great place to go to school
- [00:00:47.949]because it provides you with so many experiences
- [00:00:50.061]and opportunities to do whatever you want.
- [00:00:53.560]I found some really good friends here.
- [00:00:55.736]Many of them were actually in or involved in my wedding,
- [00:00:59.043]and so I made some lifelong friendships
- [00:01:01.112]because our program is built on a collaborative mindset
- [00:01:05.123]as opposed to a competitive mindset,
- [00:01:07.508]so the idea is we work together to help each other
- [00:01:10.989]as opposed to competing against each other to shine.
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