Kassandra Dafcik

Applied Psychology 2018

Special recognition: January 2017 Student of the Month

Semester of anticipated graduation:
Winter 2018

Career goal:
I want to open my own animal rescue sanctuary along with my private practice. I
can then perform animal assisted therapy.

Tell us a little about yourself and your life: 
I am 21 years old and originally from Kenora, Ontario. This is my fifth semester here at Hodges University, and I am a work-study for the Frances Pew Hayes Center of Lifelong Learning. I have two dogs, a cat, a turtle and many fish, all of which are rescues.

What are your hobbies/extracurricular activities?
I do not have many because I am busy with school, work, friends and a personal life. I do love to read; unfortunately, I do not have the time to read all of the books I own.

What has been your favorite class at Hodges University? 
So far, my favorite classes have been Philosophy with Dr. [William] Cooney and Abnormal Psychology with Dr. [Leesa] Abbott.

Who are some of your favorite professors and why?
Some of my favorite professors would be the ones I just named. I enjoy Dr. Cooney because I can honestly listen to him teach all day.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
I think my most recent challenge was a few years ago when I was attending Florida Atlantic University. I went from a 4.0 GPA student to below a 2.0 GPA in one semester. I took on too much and that lead to my demise. I know that school was not working for me, so I looked for other alternatives closer to where I live. The trick was finding a school that had my major and looked past my fallen GPA. I was given a second chance at Hodges, and I am so happy to be able to attend this university. I am only four semesters away from finishing my degree, and it only took me three years!

What does receiving a degree at Hodges mean to you?
It means another successful chapter has closed, and I can move onto my next degree at Hodges. I am planning to earn a master’s in the clinical mental health counseling program.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students who are considering Hodges University?
Just do it! They all want to see you succeed and will help you in every way possible. If there is an opportunity, you can also work at the school while pursuing your degree! It is a great way to meet people and get to know the faculty. You are not just a student here at Hodges. You are a part of the Hodges community, and everyone makes you feel welcome the moment you walk in the door.  

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