Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
Then of course, there had to be a counselor that was the exact opposite! This high school counselor’s specific concern was the college of my choice. He was very adamant that I attend a small college in my hometown. Being the first in my family to go to college, I knew I didn’t want to settle. However, in his office, I suddenly felt like I didn’t have any other choice but to settle. I felt the exact opposite of how I felt in Dr. Denny’s office. I knew, in that cold chair, that I was simply another number on his caseload. Thankful for the resilience built by Dr. Denny, I attended a college that I was told I wouldn’t get into and went on to be the first in my family to graduate from college! Though both of these experiences shaped my desire to become a school counselor, Dr. Denny’s lasting impact motivated me to promote the positive development of the whole student and ultimately seek a master’s in school counseling and be to those girls, who Dr. Denny was to me.
Ashley from Georgia
New York University