Hannah Cognetti

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

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

I heard about SOLES when I began my graduate school search. SOLES is one of the best programs in the country for school counseling, which was a major reason why I started looking at the program. One of the reasons why I enrolled in SOLES was that it has the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs accreditation, which is important when looking at schools. Another reason why I wanted to attend the University of San Diego was the practicum and internship experience. The university provides their students an opportunity to work in schools during their second semester and begin counseling students. In the second year, students will be placed in a school all year long. Compared to other programs, SOLES is very hands on. Also, the university has a beautiful campus, it is so nice to be able to watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean every time I am in night class. 

Are you currently working? If so, do you work full-time, part time, and what do you do?

I am currently the graduate assistant in the University of San Diego's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Working in this position is a great stepping stone for me to become a high school counselor. College admissions is an integral aspect of high school counseling. Since I know have developed an understanding of college admissions, I have gained the tools I need to help students when they are in the application process. 

Have you completed an international experience? What did you do?

I am going to be in Tokyo, Japan in February 2016. We are going to be comparing the Japanese school system to the U.S. school system and we are also examining the differences between how each country approaches school counseling. We are taking tours of elementary, middle, and high schools in Japan to understand the Japanese student experience. This is really a testament to the unique experience you will get at SOLES. There are not many other schools that will teach a class about comparative counseling and then actually have their students travel across the world to actually experience the differences. This is just one of the ways that SOLES strives to give their students a special and unique education. 

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

Dr. Cameron has had such a significant impact on my experience so far at SOLES. She is incredibly passionate about developing successful school counselor and I believe I am receiving the best training possible. She will challenge you to think outside the box and to approach ideas in ways you never envisioned before. She is such a fantastic educator.