Andrea Bugariu is a first-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program.
- Where is your hometown?
Shelby Township, MI
- Where did you obtain your bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and what were your major(s)?
Bachelor’s Degree- University of Akron, B.A. in Psychology
Master’s Degree- University of Oklahoma, M.ED. in Clinical Professional Counseling
- What first interested you in counseling psychology?
I was first interested in counseling psychology when I was an undergraduate student at the University of Akron. There I was a student-athlete and faced life and sport stressors. During this time, I was exposed to a sport psychologist that worked with our team. Having a sport psychologist on staff peaked my interest in the field, especially in this area.
- Why did you choose Ball State?
I chose Ball State for a variety of reasons. One of them being the faculty and students. Though I only interviewed with two faculty members, because I was unable to make interview day, I knew this program was a good fit. They were extremely knowledgeable and kind and from that interaction I felt like this program would be a good fit! Additionally, Ball State offers a sport psychology cognate. This was a large part of why I chose Ball State because it fits perfectly with my future career goals. I would like to receive training as a counseling psychologist, with an emphasis on sports, to help set me up for my future career goals.
- What do you think of your experience at Ball State as a doctoral student so far?
I love my experience so far. The program has gone above and beyond every standard I have set. Both students and faculty, have been so supportive and welcoming! I truly mean it when I say everyone has been amazing thus far.
- What are your research interests?
My research interests are in eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image.
- What are your future plans and career goals?
In the future, I want to work as a sport psychologist in a university setting. My dream job is to work as a sport psychologist for a professional sports team.
- What are a few of your favorite hobbies?
My hobbies include working out, hiking, and travelling. I like to try and incorporate mini weekend get-aways as often as I can. However, it has been slightly challenging to go on mini get-aways recently because I am trying to get adjusted to the program. I hope to continue to incorporate this again, soon!
- What food could you not live without?
- If you could have dinner with any two famous people, dead or alive, who would you choose?
Nastia Liukin (Former Olympic Gymnast)
Barack Obama (44th U.S. President)
- What’s something about you that people would be surprised to know?
I was an All-American Diver, in 2019-2020.
- How do you practice self-care?
Self-care is something I really emphasize in my day to day life. As I become adjusted to my first year in the program, I have been trying to figure out where self-care fits in my daily routine. Typically, I like to practice self-care by disconnecting from the outside world. I like to light candles, get in my PJs, and watch a movie or TV show.