Michelle Nakamura

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

I hope to find a job as a high school counselor working with multicultural students in their exploration of higher education opportunities. As a first generation college student, I relied heavily on my own research of schools and the college counselor to find information about colleges. I believe often times students don’t believe that college is within reach for them and I want to change that mind-set.

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

I started the program Fall 2013 and will graduate Spring 2015.

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

An advisor I was working with as an undergraduate student had a school counseling degree and suggested I find a CACREP accredited school if I was also interested in pursuing the line of work. I did research on CACREP accredited schools and found SOLES. There were many reasons for choosing to enroll: ideal location, widely recognized program, and the international experience component.

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 on the island of Oahu, Hawaii until I moved away for college. I graduated with a BS in Psychology from Washington State University in Fall 2012. At WSU I worked in various departments in a range of positions, such as: peer mentor to freshman and transfer students, research assistant to a graduate student, peer instructor for PSYCH 106, and intern at Center for Advising and Career Development.

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

I work part time with Cal-SOAP as a college peer advisor at Kearny High School, Stanley Foster School of Engineering, Innovation and Design. I am also completing my fieldwork at Saint Augustine High School.

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

I fulfilled my international experience requirement summer of 2014 in Jamaica. I had a great time working with the community of Duncans! We hosted two nights of career counseling, got to explore beautiful parts of Jamaica, spent time with the girls from A Place of Safety, and ate delicious food!

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

Take advantage of your time in grad school and participate in clubs, conferences, and workshops. Be ready to step out of your comfort zone!