Pursuing a Career in Counseling Essay

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The choices we make early in life have an enormous impact on our future. I have always known that I wanted to directly impact people’s lives and my personal experiences have set me on the school-counseling path. In the future, I would love to influence another generation of students to soar for their dreams. During the past three years of college, my interest in counseling has been affirmed through a variety of experiences. One important experience that influenced my decision to pursue a career as a school counselor was my involvement in my community service sorority, Chi Delta Alpha. Through Chi Delta Alpha, I volunteered on several occasions, among them I babysat children to provide parents with a night off; I was responsible for a …show more content…
The first psychology class that I enrolled in was an elective. After taking the class, I realized that psychology is relevant to every individual’s life and during my course of study, test anxiety and effects of divorce in adolescence caught my interest. Test anxiety has interested me since I took the SAT in high school. I had excellent grades in school, but I was concerned about my chances of getting into the college of my choice due to my low SAT score. I would like to work with students to find ways to relieve this anxiety and offset low-test scores. I first became interested in the effects of divorce after my parents separated during my freshman year of college and I observed my siblings and my different reactions to the event. After watching my brother shut down because of the divorce, I realized that many people react to stressful events differently and I want to work with students to cope with such situations in a positive fashion. Because of my interest in the effects of divorce during the teenage years, the research being conducted by Dr. Griffin and Dr. Galassi on family-school partnerships attracts me to the University of North Carolina. After reading Dr. Griffin’s article, “School Counselors and Collaboration: Finding Resources through Community Asset Mapping”, I know community asset mapping would be beneficial to students because of the importance of family on an
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