John Michaels

John Michaels

At a Glance

Name: John Michaels
Major: Psychology & Sociology
Year: 2008
Current Position: Assistant Director at Resources for Independence


Q & A
  • Why did you choose your major?
    When I started working for Resources for Independence (RFI), The Western MD, Center for Independent Living, I knew the Human Service field is what I wanted to do as a career. Having a disability, and working with others with disabilities, was going to be my career path. The reason I chose Psychology & Sociology at ACM, was I wanted to be able to understand more on the counseling side of being able to understand the emotional effects of a disability. I have a physical disability, and the more I worked at RFI, I was dealing with many types of disabilities, from Psychological, Visual, and Hearing, just to name a few. I think I have a better understanding of what someone is going through, than what an abled body individual experiences on a daily basis.
  • What advice would you give to students interested in your career path?
    Working in the Human Service field, the rewards of helping others deal with day to day obstacles, barriers, and challenges, out ways the amount of money you make. While you can make a good living in this field, the benefits of helping others deal with these types of issues are more rewarding than any amount of money.
  • What was your overall experience at ACM?
    My overall experience while at ACM was great! I was a non-traditional student, and ACM helped me build great study habits. I was able to apply those skills, techniques when it came to learning the curriculum, and further my education at Frostburg State University. In high school, I never applied myself, so coming to ACM, I had to figure out ways to learn.
 
  • Who was your favorite ACM factuality/staff member? Why?
    My favorite staff members during the time I was at ACM, Kurt Hoffman. As I said, I was a non-traditional student while at ACM, Mr. Hoffman was my advisor during my time at ACM, but we also became friends after I graduated at ACM. He saw so much in me, and potential, that I had no idea I had in me. His door was always open when I was struggling, not only in school but also in life! He treats everyone equal, and as a person.
  • What is your greatest achievement in your career?
    Some of my greatest achievement has been, being able to advocate for others with disabilities to achieve goals they never thought was possible, such as, furthering their education, employment, live independent, and drive an accessible vehicle, just to name a few things.
  • Additional comments or reflections you would like to share about your experience at ACM.
    I had a great experience during my time at ACM and met many faculty members and students that were very helpful and caring. For the past ten years, or so, I’ve been asked to share my experience as a Quadriplegic, with the Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) & Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Programs. I appreciate the “hands-on” learning approach the PTA & OTA Programs have developed. There is no one better to learn from, then someone that has experienced it!
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