The journey that led Meghan Owenz to the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology began many years ago when she became fascinated with analyzing what makes people tick. "I became very interested in the intimate nature of relationships," Meghan recalls.
She came to Pepperdine to pursue a master's degree in clinical psychology. One of Meghan's first courses upon arrival was taught by Susan Hall. "Professor Hall is so passionate about what she does," Meghan says. "She takes such an interest in student development."
Recognizing Meghan's interest in research, Susan invited Meghan to serve as her research assistant, and together they formed the Research and Practice Team (RAPT), a student-led group aimed at bringing a more scientific research approach to the study of psychology. "It's been an amazing opportunity for me," Meghan remarks. "It really couldn't be successful without her guidance and support."
Meghan and Susan meet on a regular basis to discuss research, but Meghan says that often the conversation goes much deeper. "We dive into discussing life issues," Meghan describes. "She's helped me to develop my future plans and my identity as a professional."
Meghan also serves as a relationship counselor for the Pat and Shirley Boone Center for the Family, where she conducts training sessions in conflict resolution and communication styles. "I'm learning so much more than just classroom education. That speaks of the whole culture of Pepperdine."
Meghan's educational journey will continue, as she plans on pursuing a Ph.D. program to earn her credentials as a psychologist. "I'm also considering an academic setting," she notes. "As a professor, I'd love to be able to help students who aspire to become therapists."