LEND Trainees 2016-2017

 

Adijah Battle

Adijah Battle 

What is your major/discipline? Psychology

What is your career goal for the future? I want to open my own private practice as a counseling psychologist.

How did you find out about the LEND Program? The USM Psychology Department provided me a list of Graduate Assistantship positions, and LEND was on that list.

What has been your favorite part of LEND? I enjoy the clinical experiences (PEDS, Project Search mentoring).

What advice would you give to future LEND trainees? If you have the opportunity, take advantage of it because it exposes you to a population that you may not often be around. 

 

Taylor Carley

Taylor Carley 

What is your major/discipline? Self-advocate at the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS)

What is your career goal for the future? I want to continue working at IDS and gain the necessary skills to succeed in my future work.

How did you find out about the LEND Program? My supervisor and the executive director told me about the program

What has been your favorite part of LEND? I like being in a classroom setting. I actually feel like I am in a college class, which gets me out of my comfort zone. I continue to learn new things to help better my future.

What advice would you give to future LEND trainees? Follow your goals and dreams.

 

 Michaela HarperMichaela Harper 

What is your major/discipline? Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis

What is your career goal for the future? I want to receive board certification to become an applied behavior analyst. I want to use my background to help children with special needs to reach their full potential.

How did you find out about the LEND Program? I found out about it through Dr. Westbrook, the Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center director, after I was offered a graduate assistant position with her at IDS.

What has been your favorite part of LEND? This experience has allowed me to understand and explore different topics that are relevant to the field. It has helped me realize that this experience is more than the kids and the families. We have learned about different topics that have changed these families’ lives. We are able to dig deeper by learning about their situations.

What advice would you give to future LEND trainees? Take advantage of all opportunities that the program has to offer because it will give you an edge later on.

 

Kimberly King

Kimberly King 

What is your major/discipline? Nursing

What is your career goal for the future? I want to work in family practice as a nurse practitioner.

How did you find out about the LEND Program? Sonia Adams, the academic advisor in the College of Nursing, told me about this opportunity.

What has been your favorite part of LEND? My favorite part is the PEDS clinical experience where we get to participate in an evidence-based evaluation process.  We get to observe a child with developmental or behavioral problems and provide advice to his or her parents.

 

Danielle Parks

Danielle Parks 

What is your major/discipline? Social Work

What is your career goal for the future? My goal is to possibly work at a children’s hospital or the Make a Wish Foundation. My dream is to help kids with terminal illnesses.

How did you find out about the LEND Program? As an undergraduate, I was a Luckyday Scholar. When I was looking for a graduate assistantship, the Luckyday coordinator, Jason Quigley, was generous enough to help me with looking for positions. He referred me to the LEND Program because he had interned with IDS in the past. He thought it would be a great fit for me and thought I would succeed in this position.

What has been your favorite part of LEND? I like the fact that it allows me and my fellow LEND trainees to truly make a difference in people’s lives. We are doing this by helping them find resources and information that is related to their lives. Also, I like that it truly is an opportunity that has gotten me out of my comfort zone.

What advice would you give to future LEND trainees? Come into this opportunity with an open mind. Expect to become a better person than when you enter the program.