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Fatimah Finney

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Fatimah Finney

Hometown: Orange, New Jersey
Academic Background: B.S. in Psychology, B.S. in Neuroscience, Trinity College
LSOE program and concentration: M.A., Counseling Psychology, Mental Health Counseling

What did you do before studying at LSOE?

Before LSOE, I was an undergraduate at Trinity College. I spent my time studying Psychology, Neuroscience, and Arabic. I came to graduate school directly after because I wanted to have graduate-level training by the time I began working full-time.

What are your research interests?

I am not presently involved in research, but I am interested in working with underrepresented populations. More specifically, I would like to work with women of color on issues around domestic violence, rape, and homelessness. Therefore, I have taken classes and attended departmental discussions that pertain to these issues.

What led you to pursue graduate studies at the Lynch School of Education?

I was drawn to the commitment to social justice that Boston College as a whole has. With this framework, I felt that the training at LSOE would prepare me to work competently with a diverse population and have an understanding of how best to provide services to them. The professors in the department are supportive and interested in the work that they teach. I appreciated the opportunities for financial support that are available at BC, and in LSOE. The combination of these things brought me to the conclusion that the Lynch School was the place that I needed to be.

How have you gained practical experience at the Lynch School of Education?

I am in the process of applying to internships for my second year placement. My program has an internship coordinator who has helped with identifying potential sites, developing cover letters and resumes, and practicing interview techniques. I was also given a database of internship sites which really helped me with the process of finding a site by giving me a place to start.

What are your career goals?

I hope to work in a community mental health agency or organization that provides clinical support to populations who would not otherwise have access to counseling services. My hope is that my intern experience next year will help me to further define my career goals and establish next steps.