Grad of the Week: Kasandra Norian

Kasandra Norian, MCU Grad of the week

MCU is pleased to shine a light on a few of our students who are members of the Class of 2021 and are candidates for graduation for Spring 2021.

What is your major?
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a minor in Arts

What are your hopes and plans for after graduation?
I will be going on to get my PsyD in clinical psychology. I plan to specialize in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and dance therapy. I aspire to become a therapist and open DBT/Dance Therapy studios around the world. Let the grind continue!

What have you been involved in while at MCU?
I am a member of Psi Chi the International Honors Society in Psychology. I am the president of the LGBTQ+ Organization, a founder and the president of the Mental Health and Learning Inclusion Organization (MHLI), a Senator on MSGA, a founder and officer of APISA, Vice President of Student Veterans Organization, and a member of BSU. I have enjoyed putting on numerous events as well as attending events put on by other Mariners.

What is your favorite memory of MCU?
One of my favorite memories at MCU is definitely walking out to the cliff with friends and watching the sunset.

What advice do you have for other students?
Imagine, feel, and believe in the win! Whether that is an A+ or another achievement. Also, get as involved as you can! Getting involved in the community actually helped me in my classes.

What was your favorite experience at MCU?
One of my favorite experiences at MCU was the speaker series, specifically Victor Rivas Rivers. I also loved going to the Ito-Matsuura Film Festival series each year and I really appreciated the alumni panels. I loved getting to know my professors, faculty, and staff one on one!

What was your favorite class at MCU and why?
I feel that the class I found myself the most in was my Foundations in Counseling class with Dr. Draper. I also loved each of my English classes I took with Dr. McMahon, my ethics and religion classes with Dr. Doyle, as well as my psychology classes with Dr. Kaeochinda and Dr. Lauer. Each of these courses changed the way I looked at the world and I found myself constantly having a blast in class.

Who inspired you at MCU and why?
I have been so inspired by numerous people, including my amazing advisor Laura Niemiec, my mentor Dr. Draper, my guide of all things student org, Carlos Royal, the fuel of M.S.G.A. and student involvement Jeremy Booker, the internship master (and beyond) Roshni Lal, as well as professors Dr. Kaeochinda, Dr. Lauer, Dr. Doyle, and Dr. McMahon. Each of these individuals left an unforgettable impact on me that has changed me for the better. I can still remember quotes of the impactful things they said that led me to see the world in a new light and grow into a better version of myself as both a student and a person overall. They have inspired me to work to abolish my mental limitations and push harder. I have also been inspired by so many of my fellow students and wonderful friends I have met here at MCU. No list could ever be long enough to name all the Mariners who have inspired me.