When I told my 11-year old cousin that I would be going back to school for the 19th time, he shuddered. He lives in the Midwest and has been back in school for a couple of weeks – long enough that whatever excitement he might have had for his return to school has worn off and faded into nostalgia for the summer swimming pool. I, on the other hand, grinned. It has been over a year since I was enrolled in a class, and I couldn’t wait to get out my pens, highlighters and notebooks.
I grew up in the Rochester area, and I graduated in 2010 from Swarthmore College with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology. After a year of various travels and volunteer experiences, I have returned to Rochester to begin a master’s degree in community mental health counseling at the Warner School of Education.
Like many other graduate students, I took a few steps down several career paths – and turned back around – before making the commitment to this graduate program. I’m going to learn how to listen to, challenge and support an individual. Along the way, I might just do what every graduate of a tree-hugging liberal arts institution sets out to do: make a difference in the world!
I will be posting a weekly blog during the academic school year and I encourage you to keep an eye out for each new post. You can expect to hear about my life as a graduate student, thoughts on current events and various other musings. Welcome!