Earning a Master of Arts degree in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health) from Wake Forest University at the age of 50, will always be one of my greatest personal challenges and accomplishments. Attending this program provided me with the opportunity for growth and development on both personal and professional levels that I would never have achieved otherwise.
I am so grateful; not only for the knowledge and skills developed through my Wake Forest education, but for the significant and life changing increase to my self esteem, self-confidence, and self-awareness. I experienced more personal growth during my three-year graduate school experience than I previously imagined possible. Modeling the importance of lifelong learning is not just a passion of mine; it has become a priority. I want to support others toward positive growth and achieving personal and professional goals through education.
The Counseling Graduate Program at Wake Forest supported the students and provided guidance into the Counseling profession by employing professors who modeled the program motto: “Pro Humanitate” (“for humanity”) consistently by teaching that we do what we do for the sake of humanity, The experiential learning environment at Wake Forest was very focused on community service. As a Wake Forest graduate, I have made community service a personal focus as well. The most difficult part of our training came when our very closeknit cohort had to say goodbye, go our own ways, and out into our chosen professions, to serve humanity and “make a difference” in a world that can sometimes make serving humanity feel very challenging. When you know that you have done what you can do, in the most ethical, genuine, and professional manner; and you walk away from a client believing that they felt valued and “heard” - that’s the best kind of day!