Karly Wardwell

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

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

I grew up in southern New Jersey. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology in December 2014 from Temple University in Philadelphia. I have always enjoyed working with children and I have spent several summers working at a day camp.

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

I have always wanted to live in California and when researching graduate programs in school counseling, I focused my search on Southern California. I found that SOLES has an excellent reputation and I liked the information I found on the program at the University of San Diego. I fell in love with the university on the interview day. The campus is absolutely beautiful and the staff and students were very professional, as well as welcoming. I got a feeling of comradery right away. I liked the size of the school and the fact that the school counseling program is very hands on and has students working with children by the second semester.

Tell us about any internships, graduate assistantships, student teaching, practicum or fieldwork you have done through SOLES. Where did you work, what did you do, and how did it impact you?:

I recently began my practicum at La Mesa Arts Academy. I will be working with children in grades four through eight. I think this school is a great place for me to start practicing what I have learned while giving me the chance to work with a wide range of students. 

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

My favorite class has been my counseling skills class. This class gave me a chance to learn counseling skills and techniques through situational events.  We had to videotape ourselves counseling others and identify our strengths and weaknesses. It can be intimidating and uncomfortable, but watching these tapes and getting feedback from my classmates has been extremely insightful.

What are your plans for after graduation? What is your dream job?

When I first started this program I intended on becoming a high school counselor. However, after learning more about the duties of different school counselors as well as the issues that affect children at various ages, I am considering whether I could be more effective working with middle school or even elementary school children.

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

When I first moved here from New Jersey, I was terrified, but I settled in very quickly with help from not only my cohort, but the faculty. Everyone is beyond supportive and wants to see you succeed. Come with an open mind and be ready to be challenged in ways you could not even imagine. You will be amazed at how much you learn in such a short period of time. SOLES is a great place to learn!