Ciara is a student in the school counseling program at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. A Chesapeake, Virgin- ia native, Ciara earned her bachelor’s degree from Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia.Servant leader- ship is a key cornerstone of Ciara’s identity, having recently traveled to Ghana to develop and implement lesson plans to Ghanaian girls centered on self-esteem and positivity. This caring nature significantly influenced her decision to pur- sue school counseling.
Moreover, Ciara stated that “I loved going to local schools and serving as a mentor for younger students, especially with young girls who were navigating through the craziness that is adolescence. All of the things I love and enjoy are etched into the job description of a school counselor!” Several factors drew Ciara to HU’s counseling program, most prominently, attending a historically black college. She goes on to state that “attending an HBCU has allowed me to be in constant contact with a network and culture of people who look just like me and want to equip my peers and I with the specific tools that are tailored for us and our life experiences in order to succeed.” Ciara offered the following advice to fellow graduate students: “soak up all the knowledge and experience that you will obtain from your practicum and internship sites. The internship hours are long, and our personal classes still continue, but show up every day and put your best foot forward. The hard work and effort will pay off; it does every time. In her free time, Ciara enjoys family time, watching television, and taking naps, to name a few.
The Hampton University Department of Counseling is a nationally accredited program through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP). Since its launch in 1982, the Department of Counseling has prepared counselors to address social justice issues and societal needs by staying cutting and edge and innovative, including the addition of a online doc- toral program in Counselor Education and Supervision. The Department seeks to create professional counselors who are leaders and advocates, and change agents within their communities and school settings at local, national, and international levels.
VASC thanks the HU School Counseling faculty for their support in recognizing deserving graduate students