Alumni Spotlight

Just who is a typical CASL graduate?  The simple answer is that there is no such person.  CASL alumni have a diverse range of skills, talents, experiences, and goals.  By “spotlighting” someone every other month, we hope to introduce you to our diverse group of alums ... and maybe you'll see a familiar face.

Name:  Ashley Pruitt

Degree, discipline, graduation year:  B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies, 2009

What are your current job responsibilities and/or volunteer activities? Currently, I’m a counselor.  The clients I see mainly have substance abuse issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma.  I’m a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and I’m waiting for my application as a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor to be approved.  In December, I graduated from Central Michigan University with a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling.

Does your career/volunteer work relate to what you studied at UM-Dearborn or is your degree in a totally different field?  My work definitely relates to what I studied at UM-D.  I’m not a psychologist, but my job involves the mental health of individuals.  Without the foundation of understanding psychology that I acquired at UM-D, I doubt I would be able to do my job effectively.

Looking back at the classes you took, pick out one of your favorites and tell why.  My favorite class was Psychology Honors Seminar.  That was the class in which I learned a lot about the research process, and I grew to love that process. It was also amazing to be a part of a group of students that had such a passion for psychology.  I felt like we were all carving our own way into the field together.

If there was a “favorite” professor(s), let us know and why.  My favorite professor was Dr. Suzanne Bergeron.  She taught a lot of my Women and Gender Studies classes.  I remember her having such a passion for the subject.  She exuded so much energy during class that it was hard to not to be interested.