Paige Emerson

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ve lived in Maine my whole life and I absolutely love it. I went to a very tiny private school in southern Maine for both middle school and High School and I only had six people in my graduating class! I’ve always loved horses and when I entered college I knew I wanted to make a career out of working with them but I wasn’t sure how. I started at UMaine as an Equine Management Major. However, I quickly found out that this major requires several economics classes, which I hated. During my first semester I was taking a psychology class and I found that I really enjoyed it. I started researching and found out about Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, which is when counselors or psychologists use horses as a tool in their counseling sessions. This was a way that I could combine psychology and horses, both things that I love. After learning more about this, I changed my major to Psychology with a minor in Animal Science and tried to gain more experience with horses by working as an intern at UMaine’s Witter Farm. I spent several semester there taking care of their herd of standard bred race horses and participating in riding lessons.  I have since graduated and have embarked on the second part of my journey: obtaining my masters degree in Social Work so that I can become  a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. So far grad school has been hard but worth it, and I am so excited to finish and begin my career working with both horses and humans.
What has been your most embarrassing moment?
 
I think that my most embarrassing moment would be something that happened when I was applying to my first job. I had been called in to have a second interview with the manager at a grocery store. There was some information that I had to fill out on the computer and she motioned for me to sit down on the brand new looking leather computer chair. I was unprepared for how slippery the leather was and I immediately slid off the chair onto the floor and banged my head on the desk in front of the manager that I was interviewing with. I was absolutely mortified but thankfully they hired me anyway.
 
What is your favorite comfort food?
 
I really love a good sandwich: fresh ciabatta rolls with some meat and cheese from the deli. Yum! 🙂  I also really love any type of pasta.
If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
If money was unlimited for this trip I think I honestly would buy an RV and just drive around the U.S., camping different places and exploring all the national parks. I’ve always wanted to visit all the states and see the national parks. I think it would be an amazing experience.
Your favorite quote….
“All good things are wild and free”-Henry David Thoreau
Role
Graduate Student Social Work Intern 
Degrees awarded
Bachelors degree in Psychology with minors in Animal Science as well as Childhood and Family Development.
Currently working towards a Master’s in Social Work.