Graduate Counseling Blog
Not just a number
Monday, May 12, 2014
Reflections from a graduate
I am so grateful for my time at JBU. When I decided to attend graduate school, I wanted to find a program where I would feel like a person, not just a number. At JBU, I have felt encouraged and known by my professors, supervisors, and fellow students.
The most impacting aspect of my journey through grad school was my counseling internship. Being an intern was a stretching, exhausting, and emotional experience. It was also the best job I've ever had. I have always been a hands-on learner and it was not until I started practicum that I really fell into my understanding of counseling. I finally began to put the pieces of this complex field together and could see how I fit into the puzzle.
While in practicum, I not only needed the information from classes, I craved it. My time in practicum class and supervision were the catalysts for my formation as a counselor. In practicum class, the professor and students were so supportive and encouraging. I received constructive criticism, but never felt like I was inadequate or alone. As a group, we shared the common goal of connecting with, helping, and understanding clients and there was a sense of camaraderie in our experience of confusion and stress. Then there were my supervisors, who played an undeniable and irreplaceable role in my professional development. They listened, encouraged, and challenged my work with clients while also showing genuine care and interest in my personal well being.
I am a more confident and capable counselor because of the time and feedback I received from supervisors, professors, and classmates. Honestly, I am fearful of my unknown future but I am prepared for the adventure.
Sara Lentz received her MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from JBU on May 10, 2014.