Graduate Student Spotlights

May-Ling Duncan

School Counseling

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
I chose my major in School Counseling at NYU Steinhardt because I have discerned that there is a need for more school counselors who are willing to address the needs of the students by advising them of ways to cope while encouraging them to see that their current environment does not dictate their future. Working with young people in the school system, there is a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in knowing that a conversation that you had with a 16 or 18 year old has positively impacted his or her perspective. I realized that one caring adult has the power to change the life route of a young person. My response to this new awareness of self and purpose was to apply for the Masters in School Counseling at New York University. As a Secondary School Counselor, I will work to instigate and propagate a culture of success, breaking through all barriers if necessary, to ensure the prosperous future of my students. I wanted to do something that made a difference.
A book I would never sell:
My Bible
My inspiration is:
My mother and grandmother
Something I collect:
Why I went to Graduate School:
To earn my master's so that I can fulfill my passion of working with as a school counselor
The best gift I've ever received:
My four closet friends
The longest paper I've ever written:
A report for my Business class in undergrate
The professor who influenced me the most:
Dr. Edwin Johnson, my speech teacher in college
My favorite coffee:
I do not drink coffee but I love hot chocolate with whip cream
If I could take a year off I would:
Travel to Italy or Paris
My secret passion is:
Getting in my car and driving with no destination
The best invention ever is:
The world wide web and electricity

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Pikesville, Maryland
What are your plans after you graduate?
To take a trip to Italy
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Regents Scholar during Undergraduate
Community Service and Other Activities:
Volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, Our Daily Bread food mission, and mentoring with the Big Brother Big Sister program