Current CCP Biographies


 

Madilyn Billings
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Senior in Psychology
Why Did You Join CCP?
I joined CCP to learn how to help and support the campus community as well as to gain professional experience providing outreach programs for the Counseling Center.
Plans After Graduation: 
I plan to go to graduate school to earn my Master’s degree and become a licensed counselor.

Fenrir Bowker
Hometown: Abilene, Tx
Senior in Psychology | Gender & Women's Studies 
Why Did You Join CCP?
I joined to gain the facilitation experience, build my knowledge of counseling and mental helath, and for the social and professional connections.
Plans After Graduation:
I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Counseling in order to provide therapy in the future.

Sarah Clinton
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Junior in Community Health (Minors: Psychology, Leadership, and Business)
Why Did You Join CCP?
I joined CCP because it aligns with my professional interests and seemed like a great professional development opportunity. I am also passionate about supporting others, developing multicultural awareness, and empathy.
Plans After Graduation:
I plan to attend graduate school but am still considering my options within HR, Health Administration, and I/O Psychology. 

Luke Jaeger
Hometown: Geneva, IL
Senior in Psychology
Why Did You Join CCP?
I wanted the opportunity to grow as student and gain skills that I can use in school, my personal life, and future career, especially mental health and psycho-education aspects. The peer education, team-building, and communication skills in CCP will definitely help me in any career path.
Plans After Graduation:
I'm deciding if grad school is right for me and taking time to figure out what my next step is; I love clinical psychology and have become interested in other fields such as I/O psychology and human resources.

Jae Yup Kim
Senior in Psychology
Hometown: South Korea
Why Did You Join CCP?
I was an assistant of psychiatrist while serving in the military, posted 2 miles away from North Korea. I have seen numerous people with trauma and depression. I wanted to be a person who can make a difference in those people.
Plans After Graduation:
I am planning to go to grad school in the field of clinical psychology. I wish to become a well-known professor for good work.

Xiao Lin
Hometown: Ningbo, China (peaceful city near Shanghai)
Junior in Statistics and Psychology
Why Did You Join CCP?
I wanted to learn how to help our college community, especially international students, enhance their mental health. Another reason is that there are lots of  opportunities in CCP that help me grow (including graduate school and career paths). 
Plans After Graduation:
Attend graduate school for Psychology to continue learning about mental health and to use my statistics skills in psychology research. I hope to then become licensed to continue helping others in my community.

Axalli Martinez
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Senior in Psychology (Minor: Communications)
Why Did You Join CCP?
I wanted to get become more involved on campus and was excited about the opportunity to spread awareness on mental health, a topic I am passionate about, through peer education.
Plans After Graduation:
I plan to attend Graduate school and eventually become a Clinical Psychologist. 
 

Sabrina Mirza
Hometown: Streamwood and Crystal Lake, IL
Senior in Psychology (Minor: Criminology)
Why Did You Join CCP?
I have a passion for mental health advocacy and providing resources to individuals who need them, especially for students on campus. It also fit into my interests regarding my major and possible future career options.
Plans After Graduation:
I hope to pursue my master's in social work or counseling to start a career in a mental health clinic/setting.
 

Charles Osley
Hometown: Mattoon, IL
Senior in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)
Why Did You Join CCP?
I joined the CCP Program because I see it as an opportunity to further my education on mental health, leadership, and peer education skills. I also see it as an opportunity to help students on this campus to be as successful as possible.
Plans After Graduation:
I plan to pursue my Master’s in Social Work after graduation.
 

Jaunai Parson-Moore
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Senior in Psychology
Why Did You Join CCP?
I wanted to be a resource and catalyst for change for students at the University while also gaining valuable skills to help others and prepare for my future career.
Plans After Graduation:
I plan to attend graduate school to study counseling psychology.
 

Palak Patel
Hometown: Huntley, IL
Junior in Psychology
Why Did You Join CCP?
I joined CCP for a multitude of reasons, but the most important one is that I wanted to make a positive impact on the community by promoting the importance of self-care and mental health.
Plans After Graduation:
I hope to continue onto graduate school to obtain a Psy.D. in clinical psychology.
 

Michelle Perez
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Senior in Psychology
Why Did You Join CCP?
I joined CCP to get involved with something bigger and to make an impact on myself and those I interact with as a CCP.
Plans After Graduation:
After graduation I will be attending nursing school and focusing on my family. 

Stephanie Ramos
Senior in Psychology
Hometown: South Holland, IL
Why Did You Join CCP?
I was interested in gaining more exposure to the various aspects and components of the psychology field.
Plans After Graduation:
I plan to attend a PhD program for community psychology.
 

Meghan Ryan
Hometown: Lombard, IL
Senior in Psychology
Why Did You Join CCP?
Once I learned about the large variety of outreach events the Counseling Center hosts, I was eager to join CCP. I am extremely passionate about helping others and promoting inclusion so joining CCP has given me so many opportunities to do so.
Plans After Graduation:
My plans after graduation are to work at a human resources company.
 

Margo Spencer
Junior in Psychology
Hometown: Mount Prospect, IL
Why Did You Join CCP?
I decided to join to enhance my professional abilities in the field of clinical psychology and to ultimately make a difference at my university through the opportunities offered within the program.
Plans After Graduation:
After I graduate, I hope to continue my education by earning a master's degree.
 

Sam Stearns
Hometown: Carbondale, IL.
Senior in Psychology & Public Relations
Why Did You Join CCP?
I wanted to develop valuable professional skills that would help shape my future. I have gained so much from this program and highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in making a difference on campus.
Plans After Graduation: I plan on pursuing my Master’s degree in Creative Business Leadership. 

Anthony Weddle
Hometown: Champaign, IL
Senior in Psychology
Why Did You Join CCP?
I wanted to enhance my professional skills, learn more about mental health, gain relevant knowledge for my future career, and create a positive impact on campus.
Plans After Graduation: 
I plan on going to graduate school for School Psychology.
 

Allie Wyland
Hometown: Glenview, IL
Junior In Psychology
Why Did You Join CCP?
I joined CCP to interact with students and staff who are also interested in mental health, and to help people on campus through outreach.
Plans After Graduation:
I have not decided exactly what I will do after graduation, but I will probably go to grad school.
 

Ifrina Zainal Abidin
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Junior in Psychology
Why Did You Join CCP?
I want to be more involved on campus; I have other commitments under different organizations, but the CCP program allows me to be more hands on and be out there, closer to my peers and helping them.
Plans After Graduation: 
I plan to take a gap year, working, after graduation where I hope I will gain experience in work field before jumping back to school. However, I am open for other opportunities too!
 

Shiwei Zhang
Hometown: Chicago, IL (First-Generation Chinese-American)
Senior in Psychology (Minor: Community-based Art Education)
Why Did You Join CCP?
In addition to the opportunities to network and collaborate with various teams and individuals, I have appreciated the opportunity to raise mental health literacy, with respect to intersectionality and inclusion, on such a diverse campus.
Plans After Graduation: 
Currently I am preparing for graduate school, at which I hope to pursuit in Educational Psychology.