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Jenilee Accurso, '16

Jenilee Accurso, '16Jenilee Accurso, ’16, came to Muskingum from Casstown, Ohio to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, as well as an integrated social studies/education degree.

Accurso was influenced to look at Muskingum because a junior high teacher was an alumna and had spoken very highly of her experiences on campus. She also wanted to play softball at the collegiate level. Finally, her financial aid package made attending Muskingum more affordable than a larger state or private institution.

Accurso is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in School Psychology at The Ohio State University. She chose to pursue a degree in school psychology because, she says, “I always had an interest in counseling, but loved the psychology side of education like IQ testing, research studies, data analysis, and more. School Psychology integrates all of my interests with working in a school, having a strong relationship with students and analyzing data to ensure the best educational experience for my clients. While the above mentioned could be achieved with an Ed.S. degree, I would like to eventually be a professor and practice privately, which is why I'm pursuing my Ph.D.”

Because of extensive experience gained in reading intervention as an undergraduate, Accurso received full funding for her graduate work. In addition, the dual degree she earned from Muskingum prepared her well for her graduate coursework. Accurso adds, “This accomplishment would have been impossible without the flexibility, dedication and collaboration of both fields of study [education and psychology]. Although difficult at times, I never felt as if I was alone and am forever grateful to my professors for their support and encouragement.”

In addition to pursuing her graduate degree, Accurso works as a Mental Health Consultant for Head Start, and she works at a local Columbus restaurant.

Accurso advises college seniors to “Stretch your limits. Apply for jobs out of state or in places you never considered living before. Also don’t be afraid to go to graduate school. Education is an investment. Work hard and put the time so that you may reap the benefits for the rest of your life.”