Why did you choose Columbia International University?
I discovered CIU when I moved to Columbia, SC after the loss of my family's Gulf Coast home in hurricane Katrina. A new friend, who was a CIU alumnus, told me about a graduate school preview day which I attended. Still completing my undergraduate degree at that time, I left CIU that day with an impression that God just might have introduced me to the school that met my heart's desires for my graduate studies in counseling. Nearing completion of my bachelor's degree, I wanted to remain open to the possibility of attending other schools, if God would lead me in such a way. I investigated other programs and doing so simply confirmed that CIU was the perfect fit for me. The Christian worldview and spiritual component to the education I receive at CIU in the clinical counseling program is the invaluable foundation, essential to everything I learn now and will practice in my field. This, along with a thorough curriculum, practical clinical experience, and professors who bring a wealth of expertise to their students form an experience that many other schools' programs can't match.
What do you like best about CIU?
I really appreciate that my professors share a Biblical worldview and that it is integrated into the material we study. I also appreciate that I am challenged to do the same personally. I feel that this develops not only my professional skills but, my personal growth and relationship with God. I also love the community among the students and faculty on campus. I’ve enjoyed meeting believers from all around the world and learning about their personal walks with Christ.
What has been your favorite class at CIU and why?
I’ve enjoyed all of my classes at CIU! I love studying the subject matter that each one has covered. If I had to choose one at this point, though, I’d actually say Hermeneutics. I loved learning about how the Bible was written and how to dig out the fullest meaning of a scripture or passage. That class brings you face to face with the enduring truth and beauty of scripture.
What do you want to do after graduation from CIU?
I would like to use the preparation I receive at CIU to minister to people through the field of counseling. I’d like to work in a group practice and possibly in connection with a church. I wouldn’t mind doing some teaching some day as well. At this point, I’d like to work with a wide range of people including adults, couples, adolescents, and children. I am particularly interested in trauma recovery and family counseling.