At the Educational and School Psychology 2013 winter graduation ceremony, doctoral program alumna Christina Smith discussed two laws that together comprise only 13 words. Smith believes that these 13 words, however, are of such indescribable importance and wisdom that they will determine the success or failure of our lives during every waking second.
The first is “As you sow, so shall you reap.” And the second, “We become what we think about.” Smith explained that everything we have or will have, everything we are or will become, and everything we experience in life will be determined by our responses to these two simple determinants.
Smith was born in Italy. She received her BS in psychology from Lipscomb University with a minor in chemistry and math, her master’s degree in Educational Psychology from IUP in 2004, her Certification in School Psychology from IUP in 2006, and her Doctorate of Education in School Psychology from IUP in 2013. Her academic interests are heavy in special education law and research. She loves teaching and delivering presentations.
Smith also enjoys traveling, and has spent three summers living with the Amerindians in Guyana, South America. She will be traveling there again this coming July with a group of three individuals for three weeks to do mission work, work with the hospital, and conduct trainings for teachers on educational practices. Smith will also bring some reading textbooks for the school teachers and will work out of a one-room school house that educates K-12 students.
In her free time, Smith enjoys running and will be competing in the Cook Forest half marathon in March. She is looking forward to running through the jungle in the northern section of the Amazon rainforest as well. She is also an avid reader and continues to study the Italian language.
Her advice to grad students studying school psychology:
“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Be careful what you think. If you think you can, you will. You get one chance. One life. Be fearless!”
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