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尼基·赫尔南德斯和家人在毕业典礼上

Look back at your life and ask if this is where you saw yourself. Then look forward and ask where you see yourself in the future

Nicki Hernandez (’14) worked hard to become an investigator for the U.S. 美国陆军工程兵团. Starting as a secretary she always sought new opportunities by helping others and volunteering for special projects. This did not go unnoticed and her supervisor encouraged her to apply for a higher position and greater responsibility. 它工作.

Along the way, Hernandez decided to return to school and complete her degree. 电竞竞猜平台的开始 艺术速成班,她立即搬到 完成学士学位 程序 earning a degree in applied organizational leadership. 在本科学习期间, Hernandez came to the conclusion that she wanted to change careers. By this time she had been promoted to contractor industrial relations specialist. 五州地区唯一的调查员, she researched claims with the 部门 of Labor and the Corps of Engineers to ensure contractors stayed in compliance. It was a challenging job, but it was also the end of that career path.

Realizing that though she was recognized for her work at a national level, there really was no other career progression locally; Hernandez knew it was time to make a change. 起初, the logical choice was another business degree and she considered 电竞竞猜平台’s Master of Science in Management. But several things dovetailed to send her in a new direction. For one, she had taken a class in strengths assessment while in her undergrad 程序.

“I saw the passion of Professor Cave to inspire people to do something that is meaningful to them,埃尔南德斯这样评价这门课. “She lit the fire that took me in another direction.”

得知电竞竞猜平台也有 咨询学文科硕士 程序, Hernandez did some research and began to think perhaps this field might be a possibility for her future.

“I’ve always been one of those people that others seek out to talk with about life challenges,”她说. “I began to think maybe that was something I could do as a counselor.”

同时, needing to complete an applied research project for her undergraduate major, Hernandez chose the option to complete a business feasibility study. She researched what it would take to become a life coach and provide career counseling for high school students in her community.

“Initially I thought I would help high school students find a career path. My vision was to help them find a passion for what they do, not just a job for the sake of a job.”

Completing this project helped Hernandez solidify her goals and determine it was possible to change careers by earning the credentials she needed to become a counselor. The next step became finding the right university for her master’s degree. Already highly satisfied with her experience at 电竞竞猜平台 one important feature sold her on the MAC 程序.

“我发现这是CACREP认证的,”她说, referring to the Council for 认证 of Counseling & 相关教育项目. “还有其他真正好的学校, 但CACREP在行业中是一个更高的标准, 就在我家后院.” 电竞竞猜平台 is the only CACREP-accredited Christian university in the two-state region.

In August 2014, Hernandez embarked on a whole new lifestyle and educational goal. Having quit her job at the Corps of Engineers and being accepted into the MAC 程序, she started classes with the intent of completing the school counselor track. After a completing 12 classes, Hernandez was placed at Ravenwood Elementary for her field experience. Though she enjoyed counseling with students she soon realized that she also wanted to affect the lives of parents and families.

把注意力转移到婚姻上, 夫妻家庭追踪, Hernandez is now halfway through her 程序 and will begin seeing clients in January. Having just finished what she identifies as the toughest semester in the 程序, 还有一门叫做“帮助技能”的课程, Hernandez says she’s nervous but knows she is prepared for the challenge.

“Last semester we counseled other MAC students,”她说. “The sessions were recorded so we could see how we did. 它让电竞竞猜平台先审视自己. A lot of things clients say may trigger us, so it is good that we went through this process.”

While students are placed at facilities across the Metro, Hernandez will complete a practicum and three internships at 电竞竞猜平台’s 社区心理咨询中心. She’ll see a variety of clients including married couples, families and children. 当她毕业, Hernandez will be a Licensed Clinical Practicing Counselor (LPC), 电竞竞猜平台项目的另一个好处, since passing the National Counselor Examination is a requirement.

当她回顾她在电竞竞猜平台的教育, from associate’s to bachelor’s and now master’s degrees, Hernandez offers some advice for anyone thinking about pursuing their education.

“Look back at your life and ask if this is where you saw yourself. Then look forward and ask where you see yourself in the future. 你需要有欲望和梦想. 你必须有所成就,不要接受任何借口. Several times I thought maybe I should s前 going to school--I was overloaded. 但上帝给了我一个目标. 有时电竞竞猜平台要走很长的路才能到达那里, but we can’t let anything stand in the way of our purpose.”

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