Featured Student:Jessica Brumm 

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. (e.g. where you are from, year in the program, hobbies, family...)

I am a 3rd year doctoral student.  Originally from Middleton, Wisconsin, I have also spent time living in London, Guatemala and Minneapolis.  I am the middle of three girls; my older sister, Erica, is in law school and my younger sister, Melissa, is an undergraduate student majoring in Horticulture.  My parents have always been involved in education: my mom as an English teacher at an alternative high school and my dad as the director of a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting adult mathematics education.  I currently live in the wonderful Bayview neighborhood with my fiancé, Chris.  He is a Milwaukee County Supervisor and we are getting married this June.  In my free time, I love to be involved with theatre, writing, music, traveling, running, yoga, and meditation.


2. What drove you to become a school psychologist?

Before returning to graduate school, I worked for a summer camp for children impacted by HIV/AIDS and was involved in counseling and promoting youth leadership.  Through this experience, I felt instinctually that I was destined to be a mental health practitioner.  Since I am also passionate about education and social justice, I decided to combine these interests to become a school psychologist.  Education is the greatest gift that we can share with our children and families in order to ensure community empowerment and overall well-being.


3. What are you goals for the future?

With a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, I hope to become a mental health practitioner and university educator.  Ideally, I would like to be involved in facilitating the presence of school-based health clinics in Milwaukee Public Schools. In my opinion, schools have an amazing opportunity to provide a safe, nurturing environment for youth.  This means providing holistic services that are focused on the emotional, mental, and physical health of youth in addition to facilitating academic achievement.


4. Describe your involvement in the program (e.g. MCSP).  Why do you enjoy being involved?

I enjoy being involved in the school psychology program because it is a good opportunity to connect with other students as well as a way to help our program become a more rich experience for students.  I appreciate that SPSA supports our student body on so many levels—professionally, socially, and personally.  Multicultural Connections for School Psychologists (MCSP) has been the best way for me to stay involved because I am so passionate about furthering the field of school psychology in relation to multicultural issues.  I hope everyone in this program can find something to be passionate about and then actively further this passion—either through volunteering, working or participating in organizations like MCSP or SPSA.


5. What is your greatest piece of advice for other students in the program?

If there is something you feel is missing from any experience, advocate for yourself.  Sometimes just asking for something will make a huge difference!  Remember that being in graduate school is a privilege and we are all choosing to be having this shared experience.