Reflections on my Graduate School Journey

A blog post from SOLES MA in School Counseling Ambassador, Jocelyn Monroy-Saavedra When I began looking into graduate school programs dedicated to School Counseling, I found USD. I signed up to learn more information but did not think much about Continue reading

Stepping Out of My Own World

A blog post from SOLES MA in Marital and Family Therapy Ambassador, Madeleine Wiersma. As a second year student beginning my clinical experience at my practicum site, I have been learning a lot this past month. I’ve been learning how Continue reading

Be Selfish

A blog post from SOLES MA in Marital and Family Therapy Ambassador, Gloria Saldana. “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.”– Banksy As a graduate student in the field Continue reading

Student Recognition in Diversity Work

I wanted to reach out to one of our graduating Clinical Mental Health Counseling students, Ruthie, who just received an award at this year’s Diversity Banquet so that she could talk about her receipt of the award and some of Continue reading

Ace-ing the Interview!

Admissions interviews can be really tough for many of us. It is an opportunity for you to present yourself to the university faculty. In other words, you need to know how to market yourself. Last Friday, I was fortunate enough Continue reading

Permission Slips

I was on the brink and I think everyone could tell. I silently wished myself away into Zachary’s office to talk to him but he was missing. I needed to plan out my class I was set to teach in two Continue reading

Being YOU on purpose

Have you had a moment recently where you stop, for just a moment in your busy life, to acknowledge how AMAZING you truly are? If you can’t remember the last time you stopped to appreciate your life or your accomplishments, Continue reading

Journey to Daraja Academy

January 7-21, I had the opportunity to travel to Kenya for a school counseling SOLES global trip.  During my program interview in the spring of 2012, I first heard Kenya was a possible destination, and I was determined to go.  Continue reading

In the counseling "flow"

As the 2014 school year begins, I am so excited for the opportunities ahead.  Not only will I be starting practicum this year (so scary AND exciting!), but I will also be traveling abroad to Bali with the Risk and Continue reading

New Year, "New" Me

People always say, “new year, new you” but I don’t think it’s about becoming a “new me” verses making improvements and setting exciting goals.  The number one news year’s resolution always seems to be, I want to lose weight and Continue reading