Jesudoss Kanikaisamy is a member of Marist's M.A. in Educational Psychology Class of 2013. He holds multiple degrees including a B.SC Physics- St.Joseph’s College, Trichy. B.S. Ed – (Religious Education) Notredame of Marbel University, Philippines, and B.Ed – (Physical Science Education), Tamil Nadu Teacher Education University, Chennai.
Why did you choose Marist?
Marist College offers the best education with an updated curriculum. The syllabus and the text books used along the course are up to date. The college provides a conducive and a homely environment for all the students regardless of our differences. As an International student, I have encountered teachers who treat you as though they knew me for the lifetime.
College faculties are friendly and available when I needed help regardless of academics or any other difficulties. As a whole, Marist College is a family and a home away from home.
Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development:
In the Educational Research course, I decided to do a qualitative research based on community psychology principles. The research was an enjoyable learning experience and exciting to learn all the steps involved in a research work. The religious communities were analyzed from five different countries and the research result seems to help all those communities. I have a letter from the Provincial (Head of all the Marist Institutes) appreciating the person (Dr.Szabo) who guided me to conduct such a timely research.
Tell us a little about your internship experience.
I took an internship at Mount Saint Michael Academy; I was “shadowing” the directors of student counseling center. It was an enriching experience to practice the listening skills and to know the difficulties of the adolescent students. It was a heartbreaking experience to realize the emotional pain of the victims of bullying. It was very easy to read and produce papers on bullying during academic curricular activities at the College, but to actually listen from the firsthand experience of a child was really an eye-opener. It challenged me personally to develop zero tolerance for bullying and alarmed me about the vital need to create a healthy atmosphere for the children at our schools.
How has a degree from Marist enhanced your career?
The Marist institution around the world serves 65,000 young people every year. The degree offered at the College has empowered me with an updated knowledge to meet the challenges of educating the youth of today. Particularly, my director, Dr.Szabo was an amazing woman to provide all the materials and articles that I needed to read and to know the content well and to be confident about it. She is a woman with a heart that knows no bounds to help her students.
Dr. Amity Currie was another woman who enabled me to draw a self-regulatory plan when I was still exploring the American educational practices. She carefully took me aside and sowed the seed of confidence in me that I could be one of those honors students.
I believe that these two women with lots of love and concern carefully trained me to be an effective educator to reach out to all the children regardless of their needs and abilities with zeal and contempt.
What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist?
Believe in your teachers and believe in yourself. Your teachers at Marist College would never, ever let you be the losers. They will challenge you, mold you and send you out to the world equipping yourself with all the professional skills you needed to face the world and the challenges it poses and to be the winner in the end.
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Major: Educational Psychology
Academic School: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Campus: New York