Going back to school!

I am rather excited to say this, I am going back to college! In a way, it’s about time, but in another way I’m looking forward to going back to school and getting my Masters in Social Work. Apart from getting a MSW, my goal is to get the credentials to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC) as I want to provide counsel and therapy to people in addition to working in the behavioral health field.

Now why a MSW and a license to professionally counsel others you might ask? Because I believe that where I am at currently in my field is the ceiling given my experience and my educational background. Don’t get me wrong, I am still going to do what I do whole-heartedly and not half-assedly, but I realize this truth about me; I was meant to do more within my field, and I won’t be truly satisfied with my work-life until I get those necessary 8×10 sheets of paper.

At the last job I was at I worked under a woman who balanced out this very well, and while it isn’t my intention to copy or educationally or vocationally, but she certainly is an inspiration to me. And then there’s my beloved roomie Brian who [is single and available ladies and] has encouraged me to start the process, and he put it well, there’s no better time than now! And given our circumstances in life at this time, I concur with him wholeheartedly.

Onward and upward,
Nathanael

11/30 – Getting my undergrad in Psychology…7 years later

I started my undergrad career in 2003, and and didn’t wrap up till 2010, it was a long and arduous journey but I made it. 🙂

I started off my college career at a community college the autumn after I graduated high school, I kinda had my mind made up in thinking that I would pick up as many gen-eds in 2 years as I could and then transfer out to a school in the area that had an undergrad program in Youth Ministry and finish up in 2007 or in the spring of 2008.

But…life and other things got in the way…

I did pull off the first 2 years without nary a hitch, but when I transferred over I didn’t stay in the youth ministry program for long, and so I was forced with starting over to square one or picking up an undergrad in Biblical Studies or Psychology, I decided to go with the latter.

It was also at this time of switching majors that my parents separated (blow #1) and then my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer (blow #2) and then my father decided he was going to bail on her (blow #3) to which I stepped up to the plate to be my mom’s primary caregiver, which meant I took a year off of school.

Other issues arose, primarily financial difficulties which meant I didn’t jump back in the saddle of school as quickly as I got out. I also for a while had a hard time managing my time, and there was a stretch where I was taking on 19 credits in one semester while working a 29+ work week…for those of you had to balance both full time employment and full time being a student, my hat’s off to you, I didn’t do well doing both at the same time despite not working a full time job.

But things picked up, I was able to get back on track, to manage my time properly and take a job (not so much a better job than the one I had before, but there weren’t too many demands like the other job had) and in 2010 I graduated 7 years later.

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I realize that there were many things I could have avoided which would have shortened my stint as an undergrad student, but some things required me stepping up where others just backed down. It was stressful and had I known what I know now I probably would have been in a Psychology undergrad program and then picked up a Masters in Divinity at a later time, but it is what it is and I’m glad that my undergrad days are done. I didn’t make a lot of friends in college but the few that I made are very good ones, I look forward to attending the wedding of one of my best college friends this summer, it should be a lot of fun!

All in all I can’t change my past, I only can change now and the future, and things look good! 🙂 7 years to finish an undergrad is a lengthy time, but I made it and I have a sense of accomplishment every time I look at my diploma.

~Nathanael~

I get by with a little help from my professors

This has been buzzing around in my head for a while, but starting Monday I’m going back to Community College.

Now, it’s not that I’m going back to take classes (tho if they had a cooking class, I might) it’s to get a copy of my transcripts and get in contact (if possible) with every professor I had there. My school days have been long[er than I wanted them to be, but life happens], and I definitely enjoyed my community college more than my 4 year school, except for the friends I’ve made at the latter as well as buckling down and taking courses that pertained to my Psych undergrad, oh and graduating lest I forget that part as well.

I already bumped into one professor and we had a good chat, and soon enough we’ll be getting coffee soon enough, but he wasn’t the only professor; my art teachers, my music teachers, my sociology teacher and even my tennis teacher! Plus I might get into contact with the people I interacted with in my extracurricular’s – diversity group, cross country, newspaper, Christian fellowship…

So that’s my plan, to get in touch and simply show my thanks for those who helped me educationally get where I am now. I’m not done with my schooling though, I’m putting energy into looking at M Div. programs overseas, preferably Ireland (to get some traveling and studying abroad out of the way, out of my system).

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