Make appointments with professors so they can get to know you and you can get to know them. Contact Dr. Swazo, Division Coordinator, at any time if you have questions about any aspect of the program.
Ask questions. You are here to learn.
Keep up with your course assignments so you don't get behind and consequently, feel overwhelmed.
Be open to different opinions, beliefs, perspectives, lifestyles, clients, cultures, and types of issues.
In practicum and clinical courses, don't be reluctant to make mistakes or try new things. Work on your own skills and don't compare yourself to others, which can be unhealthy.
Observe others doing counseling sessions so you can improve your own skills. You can use the Counseling Resource Center for this.
Keep your syllabi from each course taken. You may need this information later for employers, licensing boards, or other graduate programs. Also be sure to keep a copy of practicum and internship log summary totals in case you have to verify hours for licensure.
Join professional associations and subscribe to the journals.
Attend professional conferences to enhance your professional knowledge and to network with other school and/or mental health professionals.
Start preparing your vita or resume by making a list of special skills and experiences.
Keep a journal to document your feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and experiences in the program and trace your progress in areas such as personal growth.
Take advantage of personal growth experiences. The more you learn about yourself, the better counselor you'll be.
Graduate school can result in substantial personal growth that may interfere with personal relationships, so it is important to keep spouses and significant others apprised of your growth activities. It is also helpful to prepare them for your level of time commitment. Remember, you can't continue to do everything 100%, so something will "have to give" while you are a graduate student.
Have a sense of humor. Try not to get too stressed. Seek personal counseling if the stress becomes too much in order for you to maintain some sort of balanced lifestyle.
Begin exit requirements early in the program to avoid delaying graduation.