Friday, April 27, 2012
Free at Last...Well for about four months!!
Yesterday was the last day of classes for the summer in my masters program!!! I cannot believe how fast the spring semester went....flew by in the blink of an eye. It was a lot of work in the end, don't remind me of that 17 page paper but it was worth it. When I graduated from UCONN from undergrad I did not go straight into grad school, I ventured to NC and worked for two years before venturing back into the classroom. It was an adjustment to get back into classes and driving to campus but I am glad I did it!! I love my cohort, we have such a tight bond and all come together, support each other and have fun while learning at the same time. I cannot believe how much knowledge I have gained over this school year. I mean I went in wanting to be a school counselor and today I know how to use various counseling strategies, how to run a group counseling session, how to run a classroom guidance lesson, how to advocate for students, how vital it is that the achievement gap is closed, etc etc. I have even gone into a school and worked with an actual student (as opposed to just role playing together in class) The completion of this year has strengthened my desire to become a counselor and I am so excited for my practicum in the fall when I will be going into a school 2 days a week working with students. One of the reasons I went into school counseling is that I did not have a good experience with my own, I was told I would not get into some of the schools I was applying too (UCONN being one of them) and I should settle for more sure thing schools. Fortunately I did not listen and I not only got into UCONN I received my bachelors degree from there and currently in a masters program!!!! Where would I be if I had listened to my school counselor. My counselor was a person I only saw to sign up for classes and for the college process, she did not know me at all or have any idea what kind of student I was or what I was capable of. That is not the kind of school counselor I want to be. School counselors need to make their presence known and get people to understand that school counselors do not just sit behind a desk a day and can make such an impact in student's lives. Enough ranting haha....So four months off from school!!!! I will be working more and hopefully enjoying the summer weather as well!!!