Where are you from and what do you miss most about home?
I am from Columbia, which is a town right in the middle of Missouri. The thing I miss most about Missouri is the geography. I didn’t realize at first how much I’d miss it, but Missouri has so many forests, hills, rivers, and caves that I love to explore. Going on hikes in the forest is one of my favorite ways to relax and something I do every time I visit home.
What are you studying and how did you choose this path?
I am studying Counseling Psychology here at UNL. I chose this path because I find it rewarding to connect with others in a meaningful way and provide support to clients as they grow on their mental health journey. I also appreciate the field of Counseling Psychology’s emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and research.
What experience has helped you grow the most?
I have gotten the opportunity to work at Career Services as an undergraduate at University of Missouri and as a graduate student, here at UNL. These experiences have helped me grow by showing me how to make a job my own. Both of these experiences allowed me to pursue projects that I was passionate about and that played to my strengths. This helped me learn how to advocate for myself and use my strengths to make a difference at work.
What is one piece of advice you would give to international students around career development?
While this advice is way easier said than done, my advice would be to believe in yourself and your abilities. While college is difficult for many reasons, it is important to remind yourself that you deserve to be here. Lastly, always ask for help when you need it. Whether you’re reaching out to your professor, academic advisor, career advisor, RA or anyone else, asking for support is essential for all students to get through their college journey.