Among this week’s 1,200 master’s degree recipients were Alex Chavez and Marisa Mathews, graduates of Counseling@NYU, Steinhardt’s online master’s program in Counseling and Guidance. The program prepares students to work directly with children, adolescents, and adults individually and in groups, and is comprised of remote online learning, in-person field practicum and internships, and immersive visits to NYU’s Washington Square campus.
Chavez, who flew in from California for Steinhardt’s Valedictory Ceremony, chose the program because it afforded him the flexibility to travel for personal enrichment while he was learning. Mathews, a former New Yorker who now lives in Tampa, wanted to return to school and felt NYU Steinhardt’s “academically challenging program” could provide her much needed work/life balance.
“It was wonderful to see our inaugural class of school counseling graduates walk across the stage of Radio City Music Hall, said program director, Lisa Suzuki, associate professor of counseling psychology. “Students and their families travelled in from many parts of the country including Colorado, California, and Florida. It was so exciting to speak with them about their own personal growth through the program, and I can envision the great contributions they will make to the social, emotional, academic, and vocational lives of students throughout the United States.”