M.A. in Counseling, specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Tell us about your background.
I was born and raised in Cincinnati, and it will always have my heart. I attended the University of Cincinnati [for my bachelor's degree], and then moved to St. Louis to do a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Here I worked for a school serving low-income, immigrant families, and I fell in love with the helping profession, leading me to counseling.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
I hope to work in a clinic or university setting, and then have one or two days a week for private practice.
How did you hear about SOLES?
Coming from Ohio, I knew I wanted to move to San Diego. When I visited campuses in the area, and made phone calls with countless questions about different programs, SOLES was the most friendly and helpful along the way. I fell in love with the campus, the program, and the city. After my experiences, I only applied to USD because I knew if I didn’t get in here I didn’t want to go to any other university in San Diego.
Are you currently working?
I part time as a personal assistant to a working mom in Coronado. She is a child psychiatrist and is so amazing at understanding that school comes first. My days/hours are flexible, I can take off when midterms or exams come up, or when I want to travel home, and she even tells me to bring my books to work because there are times when I get reading done on the job. It’s perfect for graduate school, and I learned about the job through USD’s Career Center.
Tell us about any research you have done at SOLES.
I just began a research project with one of my professors. Our focus is on Forensic and Clinical Psychological Science Issues in Antiterrorism, PTSD, and clinical outcomes from terrorism. I hope to attend a conference in Las Vegas in October, and another in LA in December.
Have you completed an international experience?
I am taking a Multicultural class in Madrid, Spain this summer, and I also hope to take a Family Counseling class in the Bahamas this Fall. The international experience is one of my favorite parts about SOLES!
How has your SOLES education impacted your career goals?
SOLES has opened my eyes to all the possibilities this career has to offer. Practicum fairs, interviews with practicing counselors, and talking with my professors has shown me many avenues where I could take this degree. I’m learning so much about myself and all the possibilities in my future.
Which class has impacted you the most?
I connected immediately with my theories professor, Dr. Margarita Luna Delgado. She has a huge heart and a beautiful spirit, and she gave so much practical advice for new counselors. She is someone I admire, and someone I would go to for advice throughout my career.
Are there specific SOLES faculty or administrators you feel have contributed significantly to your success?
Definitely! Dr. Delgado, for the reasons I stated above. Dr. Ronn Johnson, for always being there with answers to my questions. Dr. J can help with just about anything. He was the perfect person to go to with questions about licensure in Ohio. And lastly, Jessica Williams, for helping me personally grow and guiding me through my first semester jitters.
What is your dream job?
I don’t know what my dream job is, but I hope that practicum and real life experience in the field will help me figure that out. After graduation, I hope to move back to Cincinnati and begin my career as a counselor there.
Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective students?
Definitely visit campus! I fell in love with USD and the SOLES program the first day I walked in the building. And never hesitate to ask questions, there are so many people who want to help you find your way in SOLES!