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Doctoral Peer Mentor Biographies:
Mariangelly Sierra, MS

About Me

Current Walden Program: PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision

Education: MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA in Religion, BA in Education

Location: Texas (Central Time Zone)

Research Interests: Multicultural counseling; social change and advocacy; feminist counseling and supervision. 

Hobbies and Interests: Reading, drawing, painting, and being in nature.

My Advice for a New Walden Student


Never forget the reason why you are pursuing this degree. 

 

Mariangelly Sierra and daughter
Mariangelly Sierra and daughter

My Doctoral Journey

Why did you choose Walden University?

I chose Walden University for my master's and doctoral counseling degrees because of their online learning environment and high-quality education. Walden offers one of the very few CACREP accredited online counseling programs out there. The university's mission of social change also deeply resonated with my passion and professional goals of positively impacting our society.

What have you learned about yourself so far in your doctoral journey?

This journey has taught me, and continues to teach me, important and very humbling life lessons. I am learning to prioritize, time manage more effectively, and ask for help when needed. Building a support system has been key! But most importantly, this journey has reminded of my inner strength and determination to rise above all challenges and proceed towards my end goal. 

Learn more about my doctoral journey

Increasing your Cultural Sensitivity (Blog)

Building Your Self-Efficacy (YouTube)

Finding Balance (YouTube)

My Walden Residencies

Where did you attend your first residency? 

I attended my first residency in Atlanta, Georgia. 

What did you find most valuable about residency?

The residency was a great opportunity to connect with my peers. It gave me a chance to build a support system that continues to accompany me during my journey. 

How did you network at your residency?

I interacted with my peers, we exchanged telephone numbers, emails, and we created chat groups and Facebook groups to maintain communication between our cohort. I also had the opportunity to attend faculty presentations and chat with those instructors whose work and research interests are similar to mine. 

Learn more about my residency experiences

My Virtual Residency Experience (YouTube)

Meet the Other Mentors

 

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