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What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?
I love being in the classroom with my students. Helping to ignite their passion for counseling those in need is easily the most rewarding part of my career. Right now, my biggest challenge is trying to inspire my students to see how fun academic research can be!
What activities, resources, or people helped you prepare for your career?
The faculty in my department - specifically, Dr. Mary L. Anderson, Dr. Stephen Craig, and Dr. Glinda Rawls - were the biggest factor in my successful employment following graduation. They allowed me to gain experiences while I completed my Ph.D. that directly related to the work I do now as a faculty member. Their willingness to include me in various activities in my department, allowing me to teach classes, and the mentorship they provided have been invaluable to me and my professional development.
What advice do you have for others pursuing a career similar to yours?
The most important piece of advice I would give to anyone looking to complete their Ph.D. and ultimately become a faculty member is to remain persistent in their pursuit no matter what. There will always be roadblocks or challenges in the pursuit of this career path, but staying persistent and unwilling to give up will serve you well.