Dream Big

November 14, 2011

Currents Magazine, Featured

ADRIENNE MITCHELL ’93 discovered her calling in the fourth grade when an aunt explained what psychologists do. A few days later, the young Mitchell used her newfound knowledge to mediate a fight between two classmates.

“Even as a fourth grader, I think I understood how I could help people as a psychologist,” says Mitchell.

Mitchell has remained true to her childhood vision. She majored in psychology at Winona State (where she was the university’s first female African-American Student Senate president) and went on to earn her master’s at Howard University and doctorate in clinical psychology at George Washington University, both in the Washington, D.C. area.

Today, Mitchell travels the world from her Washington base to provide counseling to military families, many with a member who has recently returned from active duty.

“I always had an interest in helping military families. Sometimes we civilians don’t fully appreciate what they experience.”

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About Winona State University

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive public university with more than 8,500 students. The oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Winona State offers 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure, graduate, and doctorate programs on its three campuses: the original Main Campus in Winona, the West Campus in Winona, and Winona State University-Rochester.

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