Alumna Profile

Holly Roske (2011)

Holly works as a houseparent at the Masonic Eastern Star Home for Children. She is also working towards her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

WHAT YOU DO • • • Since graduating from BLC, I'm doing really well! Dr. Wosmek's classes in undergrad were much harder than my classes now in graduate school, and I am very thankful that she over-prepared me. In fact, I would really like to continue on to get my PsyD after this. Jen taught me that I have the ability to accomplish practically anything, and she built a set of skills in me (research, writing, critical thinking, and presenting) that have already put me ahead in my grad school program.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU • • • What continues to inspire me is watching those who some might say "have no chance" rise above all odds and turn their lives around. It's about that moment when you're working through their issues and you see that look in their eyes that lets you know they're starting to understand, and change is right around the corner. I see so much potential in the kids I work with, they just need people who can help them get on (and stay on) the right path.

HOW YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE • • • I am very drawn to working with the teenage population. Once I have my graduate degree, I would like to work more with families, perhaps helping parent-teen relationships. Whatever I am doing in life, I want to be using my talents to their fullest to serve my Lord and Savior.

HOW BETHANY HAS PREPARED YOU • • • The experiences I had while attending Bethany changed me for the better. I began college very shy and unsure of myself. I left confident in my talents and abilities, with the tools I need to start making a positive change in the world. I really attribute this to the great professors I had. They all pushed me in different ways and in different areas. The class that helped me the most was Supervised Study with Dr. Wosmek. I learned how to research, network, organize, communicate (written and verbally), dress professionally, interview, present myself, and more.

WHAT YOU REMEMBER MOST • • • What I remember most about Bethany is the Christian atmosphere. It was so great to be in a place where everyone treats one another with kindness. I always felt cared for by my peers and my professors. I know I formed many great relationships at Bethany that I will have for a long time.

ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS • • • I am very thankful for my time at Bethany and would like to encourage all psych majors to get whatever additional training they need to make a difference in the world, be it a grad school degree, a certificate, or otherwise. Also, take advantage of any internships and networking opportunities you canthey will serve you well later on!­­­