“I‘ve lived in a bunch of different countries. Before coming to the United States, I lived in Kuwait. Before that, I was in India. And before that, I lived in Nauru – an Island off the coast of Australia – for about six months. Before that, I lived in Seychelles, an Island close to Madagascar. The reason we lived in so many areas is because my dad is a medical doctor and he would get asked to go to these different countries to work. Before I was born, my dad worked in Zimbabwe, Austria and Iran.

The best thing I learned through traveling is to have an open mind. Cultures are different, and you have to embrace different cultures. That’s part of the reason I came to Jackson State.

When I was applying for Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology, I wanted a program that had more of an emphasis on diversity issues, because I felt like I really didn’t get that much training in that in undergrad. And with Jackson State being in the deep south, there is a large population of African Americans and a decent population of Latino Americans as well. So I thought it would be a really good place to get some diversity training. And since I’ve been here, I’ve really liked it.”

– Sreenath, graduate clinical psychology student from Hyderabad, India