"My advice to Walden students is to be vigilant about managing your own self-care. Recognize the signs of stress and take steps to reduce it. Reach out to friends, family, or use Walden services to help you if you need it. And lastly, be kind and patient with yourself. If you wouldn’t say it to your best friend, don’t let your mind say it to yourself!"
Current Walden Program: BS, Psychology with a concentration in Counseling
Professional Goals: To obtain my LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) license and open a private practice with a friend
Hobbies and Interests: Reading, writing, sewing, video games, cosplay
Family and Pets: I live with my roommate and my husband with our Australian Shepherd and two cats – one long-haired black cat and one Siamese.
Why did you choose Walden for your undergraduate degree?
I like the freedom Walden provides to allow students to hold a full-time job and study at the same time. I also like the way that Walden and Walden staff genuinely care about the student, student experience, and the community.
What has been your favorite class at Walden (to date) and why?
Influence and Persuasion. It gave me a lot of perspective on how others influence me every day, how to notice when this is happening, and how to think critically about it. I also learned what to do when I want to try to persuade others.
What have you learned about yourself so far on your academic journey?
I have learned a lot about my stress response and stress triggers, and how to lean on my support network for help when I need it. I have also learned about my biases and how to step back and think about my internal reactions to events and other people.
What is one fear or anxiety you had about starting school that you no longer have?
I was afraid I would quit halfway, but now I’m more than halfway through!
Who is your academic, professional, or personal mentor? Why has this person been so important to you?
Dr. Elizabeth Clark (a Walden faculty member) has been fantastic. She was extremely supportive when I had to withdraw from her class for leave, and upon my return, she provided me with great advice on my future career and academic goals. I really learned a lot from her on several fronts.
Why did you want to be a peer mentor?
I enjoy helping others find the things that make them successful and sharing the joy of that success.
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