Academic Coach Since: 2011
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Degree(s): M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Hope International University; B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine
Serving: Graduate Marriage and Family Therapy Students
Advice to prospective students?
Making the decision to pursue your educational and career goals can be an exciting but terrifying time! I always like to find out about students’ dreams, what makes them tick—what’s the subject that brings out that gleam of fire in their eyes. Whatever your heart is passionate about, that’s what you should go after! If God has called you to supplement His work by being a professional helper, you will absolutely know it. Everyone comes in looking a little intimidated and nervous, but they soon find that being immersed in subjects that they truly enjoy makes the journey incredibly worthwhile! I went through the MFT program at Hope myself, and I can honestly say that I was challenged to grow academically, emotionally, and spiritually in a safe and nurturing environment. I learned to recognize and perfect my strengths and was pushed to sharpen and improve on my weaknesses. No matter what field you decide on, I can guarantee that you will get out of this what you put into it. Make yourself available and you will walk away equipped and able!
Will a degree require a commitment of time and money? Yes. But when you consider that a college degree opens up new career opportunities and the potential to earn significantly more money, it is well worth the effort. As you consider this important decision, I hope that I can be of some help. I’ve wrestled with many of the same tough questions and I’m happy to be able to help as you consider whether college is right for you.
How do you spend your free time?
One of the things we emphasize in the MFT program is the importance of self care. My absolute favorite self care activity is working in recording studios and allowing music to dissipate my stress. When I’m not singing, I love watching movies, reading, dancing, and painting in acrylics. I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends and you will often find me sneaking some Rite Aid ice cream! Concerts, shows, musicals, plays, performances, museums…you will always find something artsy on my calendar!