Student Spotlight- Laurie, Counseling Psychology
This is the first of a series of blog posts on students in Eastern University‘s various graduate programs. Everyone’s journey through a master’s program is different and these blog posts will hopefully serve to tell our student’s stories about why they decided to pursue their graduate education, how their experience was and how it is helping them or how they hope it will help them post graduation.
We begin with Laurie, a student in one of our Counseling Psychology Programs. The decision to go back to school to earn a master’s degree can often be a challenging one, for Laurie it felt natural.
Laurie said, “I’ve always wanted to go back to school for my master’s, but I wasn’t exactly sure for which program. I have a BA in Management and after a few years in the business world I quickly learned that is not where I wanted to be. I always enjoyed helping people so I tried to get into the human resources side of business but I realize I just wanted out of the business world so I could do a job I felt would be more fulfilling to me. I finally had an epiphany one day (after lots of research) and realized school counseling would be the best fit. I wanted to be in a school setting helping people, it was a career path I could see myself enjoying.”
Even though the decision to go back to school felt natural for Laurie it still was daunting, “I did struggle with leaving the business community, it was all I knew, this was going to be a complete career change for me so it was scary to go in a different direction. I just knew I needed to find a program that I felt comfortable with since I don’t have an undergraduate psychology degree.”
Searching for the right school, Laurie found Eastern’s MA in School Counseling program to be just the program she needed. “When I looked through the website, I saw everything I needed- the exact schedule, the course descriptions, it was all right there. Other scool would just mention the program but wouldn’t provide all the details. I also went to a high school to meet with the counselors and they had an intern that was in Eastern’s program and he spoke very highly of it as well. All of these things combined led me to pursue this degree at Eastern”.
More to come from Laurie about her experience in the program, her favorite teachers, favorite and least favorite classes…stay tuned…