I had mentioned in my previous blog about keeping everyone updated on what I am working on in my Master’s program. Well it’s been a total of 58 hrs into my school guidance counseling observation, which 100 total hours is needed to complete this in the current semester. I love every minute of what I’m learning, because this truly a whole new experience from what I have learned serving in uniform as a Security Forces airman.
So my days have been really great as I interact with the students and parents, who come into the office to speak to one of the counselor’s who I’m doing my internship with. I’m working on stuff to help prepare seniors for graduation and applying for college and 10th and 11th graders with their grades and schedules for the following years. It’s been an incredible moment in my life, because for the past 8 yrs of my life I have been working in a career field that I knew wasn’t for me for the rest of my life.
Many times we sit back and we watch others on TV, or hear from others about how happy they are about what they do, yet we never think we can get there ourselves. We may dream more than actually work towards being happy at a job, or a career field that where we feel we belong in. It took me some time before I realized there was another career field for me that could give me those feelings of happiness and a feeling of belonging. Today I’m down to just one more year of college and then I will be granted a Master’s degree in School Guidance Counseling, the field I know I belong in.
At my internship the one day, a student and his father walked in for a meeting with the counselor I had been working with, to talk about college and his last year as a high school student. We all got to talking when the father mentioned that he will be able to pass some education benefits to his son, because he is in the military.
This was a pretty cool moment, because after the meeting I spoke to the father and mentioned how I’m a veteran as well and I run my website Transitioning Veteran.com. I spoke to him for a little bit about how there are more scholarship monies out there for his son, through organizations setup for military children. So I gave him my card and he thanked me and went on his way. I thought to myself, this is where I belong, not only can I help prepare students for college, but I also can help prepare them for the military as well if this is what they choose to do after High School.
I absolutely love what I have been learning during my internship, and next semester will give me more opportunities to gain more experience in the new field I have chosen. My military years have given me this opportunity by helping to pay for most of my education, and like I always say throughout my life “using my military education benefits to attend college was the greatest decision I have ever made in my life, besides joining the military”.
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