Jenny Li

MA Counseling, specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

What do you hope to do with your degree and/or credential, and why?

After graduation, I want to fulfill my hours, enabling me to pursue the LPCC credential. After that, I hope to work in a traditional, clinical setting such as a hospital or an NGO, such as UNICEF. 

When did you begin your program, and when do you anticipate completing it?

I started the program in Fall 2014 and anticipate completing the program in Spring 2017.

How did you hear about SOLES, and why did you choose to enroll?

I was researching where I wanted to go to school, looking specifically into counseling programs. USD was one of the schools that offered a focused clinical mental health program. I was not only stunned by the beauty and ambience of the campus, but also very impressed with the one-on-one contact the faculty offered me. Additionally, the values and high standards that SOLES had were very appealing to me, which made me realize that USD would be the perfect fit for me.

What is your background? For example, where are you from, where else have you earned a degree, and where have you worked?

I was originally born and raised in Sweden. I earned a BSc in Political Science many years ago in Stockholm and continued my career within international product development, procurement and sourcing before having my own business for a few years. I moved from Sweden in 2013, and recently just moved to San Diego from Colombia.

Tell us about any research or independent study you have done at SOLES.

Currently, I am co-authoring a manuscript with Dr. Johnson revolving a comprehensive program that we have crafted. This program and project is also a contestant in the Social Innovation Challenge and was announced as a semi-finalist.

How has your SOLES education impacted your career and/or career goals?

The diversity and one-on-one dedication provided at SOLES is invaluable. This is extremely important to me, while we are responsible for the path we choose to take, the support and knowledge offered at SOLES, within my program, and by my professors and peers truly help me on my way.

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

Each class has challenged and enlightened me in different ways. One of the classes specifically is the Group Counseling class with Dr. Molenkamp – it provides not only basic foundations of group counseling skills and dynamics, but offers an opportunity for deep self-exploration, and connection with peers.

Are there specific SOLES faculty, staff or administrators you feel have contributed significantly to your success? How have they helped?

Each and every one that I have been in contact with so far, all offer significant value to my success. My advisor Dr. Garland is always available to answer my questions and offers great insight. Additionally, Dr. Johnson constantly challenges and encourages me, allowing me to find my place and inner strength to thrive.

Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective students?

Being a part of USD and SOLES will enrich your every experience – academically, professionally and personally. Ultimately, it is what you make of your experience as well, so as SOLES can provide you with tools and guidance, I recommend you immerse yourself as much as possible in any way you can, to explore what your next step will be. One of my favorite quotes of all times is by Nelson Mandela who said, "Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world." This quote not only captures how I feel about life, but also how SOLES encourages their students to have vision and to take action.