Ayesha Saxena

MA Counseling, specialization in School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential

What are your plans for after graduation?

After I graduate in May of 2017, I aspire to work as a school counselor in a middle school. I eventually want to gain the skills to work with at-risk youth in inner city areas in San Diego. I believe that students in middle school are at an age where so many emotional and physical changes are occurring within them. It is so vital for them to have someone by their side to not only give them a voice, but to also be there for them at a time when so many foundational skills are being built upon.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is one where I can instill a sense of positivity in my students and show them that I care for their well-being. I specifically want to work with at-risk youth in inner city areas in San Diego because these are the students that have the potential to grow, but are merely lacking in the intrinsic motivation to get to where they can be. In the future, I hope to be equipped with the skills to be a well-rounded counselor, one who understands a student not only based on what he or she presents me with, but to understand them based on the entirety of the factors that affect his or her educational goals, such as his or her family background, socio-economic status and most importantly, his or her true self. I wish to use my counseling skills to elicit change talk in my students.