Meranda Nunnery: Grad Spotlight


Graduate Spotlight: Meranda Nunnery

NameMeranda Nunnery

Age: 25 

Course of Study (degree being earned): M.A. in Educational Psychology 

Hometown: San Antonio  

I pursued this masters degree on my journey to becoming a psychologist. I have a passion for multicultural studies and look forward to treating and advocating for people from all backgrounds. I love and appreciate my family, friends, and boyfriend. I'm grateful for the great professors and students I met through this strange COVID19 learning, we got through it!  

Why did you choose UTSA? Great program and opportunities.  

What was your favorite class and/or who was your favorite professor? Why? 

Counseling in a Multicultural Setting. I found where I was supposed to be, who I was supposed to treat and how the profession spans outside of the office.  

What would you say is the most important thing you’ve learned over the course of your studies?  

The hierarchy of academia and the field of psychology. It's an established system that needs adjustment and adaptation.  

Describe any organizations or activities within COEHD that you’ve participated in.  

I participated in a research study with Dr. Nichols. We presented our research at the American Educational Research Association.  

Describe any professional experiences or internship opportunities you have had.  

Dr. Nichols (COEHD) and Dr. Moody (COLFA) have both been great mentors for my assistantship positions and my doctoral program process. Both women have been a wealth of information, and I hope to maintain relationships with them after graduation.   

What is your fondest memory of your time at UTSA?  

Everything before COVID, great times in class and the library.  

How has COVID impacted you, either personally or professionally? 

It has taken its toll. Isolation was difficult, but keeping my family, friends, and myself safe was my priority. 

What are your plans for the future and/or your career? 

I am currently seeking research positions. I plan on reapplying to doctoral programs when COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted to gain the full experience. 

What has brought you inspiration during this time? I.E. Music, books, people, etc. 

Podcasts, shows, my family, safely traveling.  

You’ve been given the opportunity to have coffee with any notable figure from your field, alive or dead. Who is it, and what does each of you order? 

Angela DavisShe's not directly in the field of psychology, but she is a strong advocate. I would love an intimate conversation with her to gain an understanding of her experience and her drive. 

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