John Westbrook

john2I'm doing very well here at UIUC - I'm about to enter my fourth year in the Clinical PhD now and have just earned my Master's last month, and for the past two semesters, I have been ranked excellent by my students as a graduate instructor. My time as a student in UIC's Psychology Department has given me the tools to establish a successful career as a researcher that I am certain to benefit from in the years to come. Perhaps the most important advice that I could bestow upon incoming psych students would be to make use of the numerous resources available to them in the Department. Due to the help and guidance of the faculty in our Department, I have garnered a competitive spot as a graduate student in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Clinical Psychology PhD program. Get involved in research early on, especially if you plan on pursuing a graduate degree. Above all, don't let your academic history daunt you. Whether you come from an underprivileged background, went to a less-than-spectacular community college and transferred to UIC (I did), or have struggled in school, you can change your course rather easily if you are resourceful and willing to ask for help. I wish all incoming students the best of luck at UIC, and in attaining their professional goals beyond the classroom.