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Melissa Simard

MS Psychology - Child & Adolescent Dev. Psych., Class of 2016

"I have the best advisor! Chantel has been extremely helpful and attentive."

I am currently in Misawa, Japan, finishing up my MS in Psychology, with a concentration in child and adolescent development. Our family is here for my husband's military career. I had been working in the DoDEA (Department of Defense Education Activity) school system part-time, when I decided to continue my then-stagnant education.

I have realized that military children need emotional support since they go through so much. I had the compassion to help, but not the skills nor the degree needed in this area. So I switched my major eagerly.

I have the best advisor! Chantel Ovitt has been extremely helpful and attentive. I know I am not the only student she has to advise, but she sure makes me feel like I am. She is prompt in getting back to me. She always does a thorough job when getting me information, and always checks on how my progress is going. I am now actively working towards my degree, while raising my third son and continuing work at the school.