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Vincent Massi

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Vincent is a seasoned professional in the realm of animal behavior, with a particular focus on rehabilitating rescue dogs. Alongside his work with our four-legged friends, he's also graced the stage as a writer and performer at The Second City in Hollywood, showcasing his creativity and wit. Now, fueled by a passion for understanding the complexities of the human mind, Vincent is eagerly preparing to return to academia as an adult. With eyes set on a new degree in psychology, he's poised to merge his diverse experiences into a journey of learning, growth, and impactful contributions to the field.

Education

College of Southern Nevada

Associate's degree program
2024 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Psychology, General

Animal Behavior College

Trade School
2016 - 2018
  • Majors:
    • Animal Sciences

College of Southern Nevada

Associate's degree program
2010 - 2019
  • Majors:
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Psychology, General
    • Psychology, Other
    • Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology
    • Research and Experimental Psychology
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Writing and Editing

    • Dream career goals:

      Bringing awareness to Mental Health

    • Writer/Performer

      The Second City
      2013 – 20152 years
    • Owner

      Dog Training. Self Employed.
      2018 – Present6 years

    Sports

    Golf

    Club
    2000 – Present24 years

    Rugby

    Club
    2004 – 20062 years

    Research

    • Behavioral Sciences

      ABC — Student
      2016 – 2018

    Arts

    • Improv For The People

      Acting
      2014 – 2015
    • The Second City

      Acting
      2010 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Politics

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Trudgers Fund
    Hello Trudgers Fund, My name is Vincent Massi. Growing up surrounded by alcoholism within my family, addiction has been a haunting presence throughout my life. Despite my initial commitment to staying away from substances, the loneliness and depression I experienced during my senior year of high school led me down a dark path. I somehow found myself seeking solace in alcohol and drugs, desperate to numb the pain of isolation. Each day felt like a descent into deeper despair as I drifted further from my writing, acting, and comedy aspirations. The once-promising path I had envisioned seemed to vanish amidst the haze of substance abuse. Despite knowing the destructive nature of my actions, I felt powerless to break free from the cycle of addiction. This sent me into an even deeper depression because if I couldn’t do the one thing that made me so happy then I was lost. However, amidst the chaos, a flicker of hope remained. Drawing on that passion for writing, and comedy, I made a pivotal decision to reclaim control of my life. With quite a bit of hesitation and no idea how to do this, I severed ties with toxic influences. This made me completely alone again. I would spend most days completely alone from morning until 6-7 pm. My parents were divorced when I was 10 and I was living with my dad. As a single father, he worked all day to provide for us so I didn’t get to be around anyone much the latter half of my senior year. The following weeks I was braving the agonizing withdrawals as I embarked on the tough journey of becoming sober. Though I was able to kick many of the new addictions I succumbed to that year I still had alcohol lingering and it wasn’t helpful that a lot of going to college in America turned out to be drinking. By the age of 23, I confronted that challenge. Now, armed with the lessons learned from my past struggles, I confronted my addiction head-on, refusing to let it dictate my future and I won. Life being sober is always and has always been better than hiding from any problems in my life. Being sober has helped me regain my confidence that I matter and can contribute to this community. Now, as I embark on my journey to become a therapist, I am grateful for the opportunity to transform my experiences into a source of healing for others. Guided by empathy and fueled by a deep-seated purpose, I am determined to provide support and guidance to those battling addiction, depression, loneliness, anxiety, etc… drawing upon both personal insight and the technical expertise gained through my education. In every interaction, I am reminded of what I believe to be my calling to offer hope and encouragement to those navigating the rough waters of addiction. With each step forward, I am one step closer to fulfilling my purpose and making a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Thank you for reading my essay and considering me.