I chose school counseling because I am so passionate about helping children and teens become their best self! I want to focus on closing the opportunity gaps that are so present and detrimental to many kids’ lives and education. I chose UNC because I believe in their values as a program, and I love the idea of a hands-on internship!
I chose school counseling because I aspire to inspire the next generation. I have a natural passion to encourage and motivate youth academically, professionally, and emotionally. I chose UNC Chapel Hill because the accelerated program allows me jump into the field of school counseling fast and begin making positive change within children's lives.
I chose school counseling because I want to help every student reach their dreams, regardless of background. I knew that UNC was the right place for me because this program emphasizes whole child development through a strength-based approach to the student community. This approach mirrors my own belief in focusing on positive attributes that can help a student achieve goals rather than perceived shortcomings.
I have been lucky enough to call Chapel Hill home for the last four years, and I just cannot get enough! I want to be a school counselor because it is the perfect job to combine my passions of education and mental health. For me personally, I had a different counselor every year of high school, so I never was able to build a relationship with a counselor. I do not want other students to feel the way I did, I want them to feel known and understood by me as a school counselor, and I know UNC’s School Counseling M.Ed. program will help me build the skills to do just that.
I want to be a school counselor to help children find their voice and make sure that everyone is being given the same opportunities and support. I believe that this is such an important field, and it is something I have always known I wanted to do. I chose Chapel Hill because of the close-knit cohort model as well as the opportunity for a hands-on internship experience.
After teaching elementary education for six years, I chose to pursue school counseling because I saw firsthand the significant need for qualified and trusted counselors. I hope to be both an advocate and support for the students at my school, and to give them the tools they need to navigate through life. I chose UNC because of the amazing faculty, their strength-based approach and because I fell in love with UNC as an undergrad. Go Heels!
I want to be a school counselor because I have a passion to help children realize their potential and overcome obstacles which they may face. I chose UNC Chapel Hill because as an alumna I know the high standards UNC-CH holds for both students and faculty; therefore, I know I will receive the highest quality education. This excellence in education will provide me with the ability to give my very best to each and every student.
I chose school counseling because I love the work of student, staff, and family support. As a teacher pursuing a degree in school counseling, I really like that the UNC program gives me the training I need to transition into this new role within one school year. I’m also excited about the cohort model and year-long internship.
After many years as a teacher, I would like to become a school counselor in order to support students beyond the classroom. I hope to be able to help students grow academically, socially, and emotionally and advocate for their success. I chose to attend UNC because of the solid reputation of the program and its faculty, the accelerated program, and the cohort model.
I want to be a school counselor because I am interested in working in a position in which I can advocate for the success of young individuals. I want to devote my career to celebrating the voices of students and providing resources that can lead them toward paths that can help them succeed and reach their full potential. I was drawn to UNC's program because of the strengths-based approach to school counseling, as I think honing in on the strengths of individuals is vital to seeing them achieve their goals.
As a college adviser, I loved helping connect my students with resources, opportunities, and support to assist them in determining their next steps. I want to be a school counselor to expand on my past role and continue to advocate and support each student. I chose UNC-CH for the cohort model and year-long internship.
I am passionate about becoming a school counselor to not only be an advocate for all students' academic goals but their mental health as well. I chose UNC CH because of their emphasis on diversity and inclusivity within a school setting and their utilization of a strengths-based program.
I chose school counseling because I believe children and youth thrive when they're surrounded by adults who are invested in truly seeing them and being present to them as they figure out who they are and who they are becoming. Counselors stand on the front line of identity formation and development and at the intersection of school, family, and community engagement. I chose UNC because of the strength-based approach and the integration of theory and practice through the 14-month program.
I chose School Counseling because I believe that all children, regardless of their zip code and background, deserve an advocate and someone who will listen. I chose UNC because of the strengths-based focus of the program and the accelerated format.
I am pursuing school counseling in order to advocate for individuals and communities who have been historically marginalized as they navigate the education system. I chose UNC because of their commitment to equity, social justice, and advocacy, and because the yearlong internship provides an opportunity to build long term relationships with students in the school community.
Siler City, NC
I have chosen to pursue school counseling, after 11 years of teaching, as a path to greater opportunities for advocating and impacting the lives of students. I chose UNC because the 14-month program combines coursework and internship, allowing for a rigorous but rich experience in a short period of time.
Although I was born just up the road, I haven't lived in NC for 35 years. I'm planning to serve the same public school system that encouraged my wanderlust and made the journey possible.
After working as a university administrator for several years, I am excited to begin a career where I can engage directly with young students and foster a productive and healthy learning environment. I chose UNC because of the year-long internship experience and the emphasis on a strengths-based approach to counseling.
I am excited to pursue a career as a school counselor because I want to be a part of creating supportive school environments where there are equal opportunities to succeed for all students. I knew UNC was the best choice for me because of its strengths-based approach to counseling and accelerated program!
I want to be a school counselor because I am passionate about advocating for our diverse youth. I want to provide a safe space for all youth and show them it’s okay to take pride in being your authentic self. I chose the school counseling program at UNC because of its remarkable 14-month accelerated program and the close-knit cohort model.
I chose school counseling after working as a college adviser in a rural high school. I saw firsthand the boundaries students can face, in order to be successful in k-12 and beyond. I loved the bonds I made with my students helping with their higher education journey and am excited to be able to make those bonds last longer and have more of an impact throughout more of their time in school. I chose UNC because of the emphasis on strength-based counseling and the tight-knit cohort model.
After several years working in college admissions, I am excited to transition to the other side of the desk and become a school counselor. I believe that this role will provide more opportunities to advocate for students and work towards greater equity in our education system. I chose UNC because of the opportunity to commit full time to an accelerated program, the faculty’s commitment to strengths-based counseling, and the cohort model.
I am passionate about school counseling because I want to become an advocate for children and help set them up for a bright future. Working in schools helps me touch so many lives where I hope to make a lasting impact. I chose UNC because the program aligns with my goals and values and because of its accelerated nature.
I chose school counseling, because I am passionate about working with students and want to be a caring adult figure that encourages, empowers, and invests in them. I chose UNC due to its strengths-based curriculum and year-long internship, and I fell in love with the campus after visiting.
I want to be a school counselor because I have always been passionate about creating healthy relationships with adolescents and helping them reach their potential. By becoming a school counselor, I want to aid in the process of empowering students and reassuring them that they have a say in what their future holds for them. I chose UNC-Chapel Hill because of the accelerated, 14-month program, internship opportunities, and the prestige of the university. Go Heels!
Janice Yang Thomas
I want to be a School Counselor because I am passionate about being an advocate for underrepresented populations of children in school systems. I want to build intentional relationships with children and empower them to achieve their goals in school and in life. I chose UNC because of the accelerated program and the diverse staff members within the program.
I chose to pursue a career in school counseling because I want to be able to be a meaningful resource for youth of all backgrounds to help them identify and define their own strengths, set and achieve goals, overcome social/emotional issues, and develop into high achieving young adults. I chose UNC-CH due to its prestigious national reputation, the small cohort model, and its history of quickly producing successful school counselors. Excited to be a Tarheel!
I chose to be a school counselor because I have a strong love for working and helping children and young adults navigate life and supporting them in their future. I also, chose school counseling because this was a field where I was able to merge my two loves: music and working with children. I chose UNC specially because of the cohort model and the year-long hands-on internship experience.
Chapel Hill, NC
I chose school counseling because I have always had a passion for working with children and for serving as an advocate for them. This program stood out to me because of the strength-based approach to counseling which values each individual strength a child possesses. I also knew I wanted to join this program after my interview during which I was able to meet the incredible faculty who make up this program!