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Kirsten Graham and Alyse La Rue
GSE Class of 2012
My time at Fordham was more than just the achievement of a master's degree- it was a time of personal growth as well. I began the Mental Health Counseling program unsure of what I had just gotten myself into, but I am leaving with a deep knowledge of my field and myself, friends and faculty that will be colleagues in the future, and as a leader. When I first came to Fordham I really didn't know what to expect. I was nervous; did I do the right thing going back to school? Was this degree going to to get me where I wanted to go? Could I really become a therapist? I chose Fordham because I knew I wanted a top-notch education, and when I left Admissions events I felt as if I had gotten a big hug.
Once I began the program, I realized that support I felt from the Office of Admissions continued. When I felt insecure about whether I would be a good counselor, my professors and classmates were there to support my growth. When my classmate Kirsten Graham and I thought that the counseling program would benefit from a student organization, we were welcomed with open arms and supported through the entire process of developing the Student Association of Mental Health Counselors (SAM). In addition to support, I gained invaluable knowledge and skills both in the classroom and at my internship that have left me feeling well prepared as I enter the workforce. Beyond counseling skills, I gained a better understanding of myself; who I was, and why I was going into this field.
While I am excited to see where my career will take me, a part of me is sad to say goodbye to Fordham. I look forward to staying connected with classmates and faculty as we all move on to the next phase of our lives.