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Family and Education Intersect at WSU Pullman

TempleThinking of attending graduate school to enhance your career? It’s a big decision—particularly if you have children. Life can become even more complicated when considering the well being of family and stress of a graduate program.

Washington State University understands the issues graduate students face: from housing to health insurance to high-quality childcare and public schools. By providing a friendly, welcoming environment for graduate students and their families, WSU and the surrounding community are committed to making your graduate experience successful.

When deciding where to attend graduate school, Ghynecee Temple (pictured) of Tacoma, Washington, looked for an outstanding graduate program that would be a good fit for her and her daughter. ­Assuring that her four-year-old daughter, Genevese, would live in a safe environment that values high-quality childcare and have access to a public school system was integral to her decision. When she visited WSU, Ghynecee knew it was a good fit. She earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from WSU. Her daughter learned the alphabet at a local community childcare center.

“My daughter felt completely at home here,” said Ghynecee. “At the same time, as a single parent I was determined to be a good role model for her, which included pursuing an education and a meaningful career for myself.”

In addition to a family-friendly environment, WSU’s program in counseling psychology fit Ghynecee’s career goals. “When I found out that WSU had the program I wanted, I came to visit and had such a positive experience,” she said. “All of the people in the department and the faculty were so nice. I knew this was where I wanted to study. I’ve really grown here. I’ve learned to become more independent and motivated, and my daughter has also grown exponentially.”

Ghynecee was awarded an assistantship and fee waiver from her department to help pay costs, as do about 44% of WSU graduate students. After accounting for students who receive scholarships, the majority of graduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

Ghynecee’s research at WSU focused on intra-group racism based on skin tone, particularly friendship formation and friend selection among African American women. She fought to empower women of color, and her Ph.D. from WSU helped facilitate that passion.

Balancing family and education is manageable at Washington State University, where residents make family safety and support a top priority, and where finances can be less of a burden. WSU Pullman offers the unique combination of a leading research institution with a safe, wholesome community that many are proud to call home.