Jenna works as a therapist with ASC Psychological Clinic. She also has a graduate assistantship at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she earned her master of science. She is currently working on her doctorate degree at MSU.
WHAT YOU DO • • • I work for a private practice that consults with a treatment center. My work is done in a facility called Wellcome Manor Family Services. It's a residential treatment center for women and children who are struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. I do clinical individual therapy and testing for the women and have also started to see some of the children there. I also independently lead a therapy group every week—sometimes we can have 20+ people! It's quite the experience. I also have a graduate assistantship on campus in my department doing research with two PhD school counseling professors. In the past, I have focused on working with children with clinical diagnoses (at adult, child and family services). During my master's program I independently taught a 100 level class at MSU (Decision Making for Career and Life).
WHAT INSPIRES YOU • • • I am drawn to the field of counseling and psychology for many reasons. It's a field where you will learn something new every single day. There is so much potential to make a difference in people's lives and help them grow and make changes. It's extremely challenging, but just as rewarding. My favorite part of my job is seeing women who have been through unimaginable things bloom into healthy individuals. Everyone has a story and wants to share it, and I love learning from people. I learn just as much from my clients, if not more, than they learn from me.
HOW YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE • • • I want to make a difference in the world first and foremost by being an example of a strong Christian woman who is grounded in her faith in Christ alone. My goal is to have my faith shine through in all the work I do. I am currently working on my doctorate in order to eventually become a professor for graduate level counseling students. I also see myself working at a private practice so I can continue to gain experience to share with my future students. Other goals that I have right now are to develop a children's counseling book series, do counseling work abroad, and start a non-profit community mental health center. A short term goal I am currently working on is developing career development workshops for our local homeless shelter.
HOW BETHANY HAS PREPARED YOU • • • Bethany has prepared me for my future by first and foremost grounding me in my faith. The faculty and staff also provided me with excellent opportunities to become a leader, to be academically prepared for graduate school, and to have sufficient critical thinking skills. I love the liberal arts aspect of Bethany; I was exposed to education for learning's sake. Not many of my colleagues in graduate school have taken painting, creative writing, or film theory classes. The faculty and staff were instrumental in supporting me and helping me apply and get into graduate school. Other highlights included the extensive travel opportunities. In my four years I traveled to Italy, France, England, New York City, and Washington D.C., all with various tours through the college.
WHAT YOU REMEMBER MOST • • • What I remember most about my time at Bethany was the numerous relationships that I developed. I met my husband and all my best friends there and we all had a lot of fun. Things that stick with me are staying up all night and talking to people, colorful life in the residence halls, being involved in and attending about 10 activities a night and pulling a lot of pranks.
ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS • • • Live in the present but plan for the future. It's easy to be worried about the next step and let your college experience slip by you. It's so important to trust God to guide your ways. I would also encourage students to get to know themselves in order to make an informed decision about what to do with the rest of their life. Know your skills, values, interests, and abilities and research jobs and fields that match them. I would also encourage everyone to find a mentor or someone you admire and pick their brain about why they're successful.