There will be overlap with my Independent Experience in Psychology.

I clearly don’t possess the knowledge or experience to express opinions on the level of a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist. These individuals have spent about a decade in higher education. But I do have some room to formally speak on mental health.

A prominent internet forum that deals with mental health was gracious enough to accept me as a moderator. Though I had offered information to users before, I now understand that with this greater power, I am more responsible. I offer ideas, not medical advice, but have had success in helping people reclaim their lives.

This is more in terms of spirit, which nevertheless overlaps with the mind and body: For three and a half years I practiced the Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do under Mr. Norman Quinn. In that time I became certified as a junior instructor, and earned my black belt. Classes took up several hours per week, and practice, several more. Tang Soo Do stresses the need to nourish the ven diagram of mind, body and spirit. It’s where I derived my Three Internal Pillars of Recovery from. Tang Soo Do imbued me with the strength to be more resilient in my worldly affairs.

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In high school, I took Advanced Placement Statistics. To this day,  I make use of many techniques learned in that class. None of my opinions rely on just one study, for example. They must be recent, peer-reviewed, substantiated by anecdotes (individual experiences), controlled for extraneous variables, and if possible, longitudinal (the subjects are evaluated over time).

My first college semester was spent at Buffalo State College. I earned a 4.0 GPA.

I received my associate degree in psychology from Tompkins-Cortland Community College in Spring 2015 with a GPA of 3.925. My performance there granted me membership into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

I’ve received an A in every psychology class I’ve taken. Fingers crossed!

Over a year ago, I enrolled in a course offered through Emory university, entitled The Addicted Brain, taught by the well-known neuroscientist  Michael Kuhar. My achievement in this class earned me special recognition, as well as a verified certificate. It was one of ~20 completed Coursera courses that revolve around in the field of psychology and neuroscience. Favorites include Medical Neuroscience from Duke University, and Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trials from Johns Hopkins University

Recently, I was accepted into a college that I would come to know and love: the University of Rochester. My major was in psychology.

Unfortunately, life throws its curve-balls. As such, I had to leave U of R, and came back to my hometown. That stated, I opted to continue learning in higher education. I enrolled in SUNY Empire State College. I was able to graduate in the Fall 2018 semester, after taking two 16-credit semesters, and one 8-credit semester, with a humble GPA of 3.82.

I now have an AS in psychology, and a BA in Human Development (with a concentration in Holistic Development).

So, overall, I was able to achieve higher education by budget!

Here are is a small sample of my activities, which I’m both proud and thankful for:

  • Two years experience as a practicing New York Certified Peer Specialist, for which I have helped many, many people
  • Writing a grant for The Jenkins Center, a psycho-social peer-support rehabilitative center, which was approved
  • Presenting at Cornell’s Farm to Plate Conference
  • Volunteering as a cook and peer specialist at The Jenkins Center, including founding and facilitating several groups
  • Interning at this center
  • Presenting slideshows bearing on psychological well-being to the staff of The Jenkins Center
  • Becoming engaged in classes via Coursera

My LinkedIn profile offers more complete and specific information on my life activities and passions. And of course, please feel free to email me at


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