What year did you graduate?
New York City College of Technology
What was the best class you took as an AP student?
Origins of immigrant youths with Dr. Norisa Williams was one of the best courses I took, which was an elective. I believe that course should be a requirement to prepare all AP Psychology graduates to service immigrant students and their families. The course materials invoked me and others to think critically about minority stress and how it translates to mental health in marginalized communities.
What was the most influential part of your experience in your program?
My first year at NYU taking the foundational counseling courses with Dr. Schaffer, Dr. Gonzalez, and Dr. Moore was most influential. I learned to assess my own biases, the real reasons I pursued my profession, and how it would affect how I serve others. I saw a handful of students from my cohort transfer to social work or drop out, which was eye-opening for and a said that this job is not for everyone, especially if you are going to work in New York.
Do you have any thoughts you’d like to share with prospective students?
The time goes by so fast, so come in with a focused mindset and expect not to have a social life. It will be worth it when you're done.
I believe a healthy supportive educational environment is essential for optimal student growth and academic success. I counsel students both individually and in groups on various topics which include academic readiness, behavioral and emotional problems. I have learned that as a counselor it is important that one should be mindful of social justice issues that could hinder student access. I know my role as a school counselor comes with the responsibility to combat these issues and help to guarantee equity and high expectations for all students.
Did you get licensed?