Dr. Richard Jacobs graduated from William James College's Clinical PsyD program in 1986. Having already completed a Master's degree at another institution and working full-time as a therapist, Richard took a financial risk coming to William James College. "We were scared that we could not financially make it," says Richard. "To give up a paying job to become an intern somewhere - that was always scary for us all." But Richard knew it was a risk worth taking and one that continues to pay off 30 years later. "William James College was the first higher educational experience that gave me a community. And that's been a lasting community all these years. I'm in practice with people I started out with in 1981."
When Richard wrote his will, he thought about the people and places that are most important to him. "William James College is the one institution that I feel was a lifesaver to me. I come from the 'emotional slums' in terms of growing up. Coming here was the first time someone said 'You can be a professional and live in a different world than you grew up in'. There's no price you can put on that other than to say I want to keep saying 'thank you, thank you, thank you'."
William James College is now listed as one of the beneficiaries of Richard's will. "It's harder now to make a good enough living and pay off your student debt and have a family. I want to make sure that people who can't afford to come here but really want to may have a way to do that."