adventist university

Meet Liz!

Who I Am:

Hello! My name is Liz Breen, and I am from the sunny Orlando, FL. I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology from Southern Adventist University and am hoping to get my master’s in Counseling.

I have two younger sisters whom I love dearly. Ashley is usually teaching me how to dance bachata or pronounce a Spanish word, and with Tori you will find me watching Friends or practicing karaoke songs. I have two loving supportive parents who have made me who I am today, and for that I am thankful. I am also appreciative of friends who have been there for me and who always encouraged me.

My dream job would be to have my own practice as a Clinical Psychologist. If this does not work out, I always tell people I’ll end up in a mountain cabin, writing books, because this seems like the perfect way to retire.

I am gregarious and love to get to know people. I am usually the first to strike up a conversation, and I think people are such interesting creatures. I used to feel like I needed to be more exciting or outgoing; reading the book Quiet by Susan Cain was powerful for learning to appreciate the pensive side of my nature.

Stuff I Like:

I grew up in Orlando for my whole life, avoiding touristy areas like the plague. The part I love about Florida the most is the beach—sunburns and sticky SPF 60 and all.

I enjoy the outdoors and being active. I read everything I can get my hands on and usually start my sentences with, “According to research … (insert fact I find interesting that others pretend to care about).” I someday want to write a book, go to New Zealand, and bungee jump. At some point, I hope to be brave enough to wear the artsy outfits I craft in my head, and I want to be fluent in Spanish and Polish.

I am still trying to understand the language of sarcasm (to the dismay of my fellow interns), and I currently want a dog more than anything. I am quick to laugh, slow to be vulnerable, but very loyal to those I trust. I have always secretly wanted to be an actress and envision my red carpet encounters similar to those of Jennifer Lawrence, awkward yet hilarious. I enjoy listening to others and feel extremely privileged when someone trusts me with their stories.       

Why I’m Here:

There was a time when I would not have been able to work for TWLOHA. I would not have been able to be behind a computer telling other people they were not alone, because I felt completely alone myself. I was paralyzed with cycles of anxiety and depression and knew something had to change. Through counseling, support, and giving myself room to mess up, I was able to finally start enjoying life. To live in this manner was completely foreign and difficult and uncomfortable in so many ways. I had to wake up every morning and somehow decide that I did have a purpose and something to offer someone. With the guidance of people I trusted, I began to believe it when they told me, “Liz, you are important, and you can’t give up.”

I am blessed to have this opportunity as a spring intern, as it is a privilege to work with the TWLOHA staff and supporters. I hope to give TWLOHA what it deserves, seek out individuals and their stories, and be purposeful in loving others. I am here to tell others that choosing life is worth it, and each person is important to others in ways they usually do not even know.

I get excited about our society seeing past the stigma and instead seeing the immense potential and beauty each person holds. I am here to share that grain of hope I have received, because everyone is deserving of a place to be themselves.