What quote is meaningful to you and why?
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela
This quote is hanging up in my office, and it serves as a good reminder of the kind of counselor and person I want to be. I think it’s important to meet people where they’re at with kindness and empathy, and one way of doing that is seeking understanding and learning to communicate in ways that are meaningful to other people.
What was your undergraduate degree and how did you choose that path?
My undergraduate degree was in Child and Family Development. I chose my degree through conversations with friends and family, reflecting on my interests and skills, and deciding which degree would best serve my future career goals. My emphasis was in Family Studies, which has been incredibly useful for me as a counselor-trainee.
Why did you choose to get a master’s degree?
I chose to get a master’s degree because I knew it was a necessary step toward becoming a licensed counselor. Additionally, I love to learn and knew that a master’s degree would make me more marketable in general.
Do you belong to any campus or community organizations?
I am not currently involved in any campus organizations, but I am involved in various community projects. I frequently volunteer at Veterans Coming Home and Eden Village.
What do you like about working at the Career Center?
Working at the Career Center has helped me grow professionally and personally. I have gained confidence in my public speaking skills and grown in my ability to counsel/advise students. I’ve learned so much through working here that will help me be a better counselor in the future. Also, I have the best coworkers. The Career Center is an incredibly supportive and friendly environment to work in.
Before working at the Career Center, did you use Career Center services and why?
Yes! I came to the Career Center in my freshman year for career counseling, and later on for résumé reviews and mock interviews. Career counseling is a great resource for students who are unsure of what they want to major in or what careers might be a good fit for them. Meeting with a CRS for career counseling helped me determine my strengths and weaknesses, values, interests, and personality preferences, which ultimately helped me narrow down potential majors and career fields. Mock interviews and résumé reviews also helped me feel more prepared for future job opportunities. My résumé looked more professional and polished after getting it reviewed, and practicing my interview skills made me feel more confident and prepared in my future interviews.
What are your goals after graduation?
After graduation, I hope to obtain my LPC and work as a counselor at a local mental health agency. I would also like to become certified in trauma-informed therapeutic interventions.
What is your best stress-management tip?
I think everyone has to find coping mechanisms that work well for them. That could be reading, exercising, watching a movie, or taking time to hang out with friends. For me, mindfulness practice has been super helpful. Putting aside at least five minutes a day to sit, be still, and focus on my breathing without any distractions has significantly lowered my stress.
What hobbies do you enjoy?
I enjoy reading, writing, volunteering, cuddling with my cat, and watching Parks and Recreation.
Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?
I am a very friendly person and would love to help you on your career journey!