JOHN MARSZALEK: I have a small private practice. I still see clients, because I think it's important if you're going to be a teacher of something to actually be able to practice in it. And I work with a variety of people, mainly adults. My specialization has been working with gay and lesbian clients. And I work with people who are having any kind of relationship issues or anxiety issues.
I try to make learning fun. It has always been important to me. And it probably goes back to my original background in elementary education, because if you can't have fun learning, it's just-- it's meaningless, really, to me. It's supposed to be something that you're motivated, that you want to learn about, that you want have a good time while you're doing it. And that's what learning has always been for me.
So I bring stories in. I bring activities into the classroom. I bring games into the classroom.
Being in the first class is really exciting, but it also can be scary. Many students really are afraid of what it means to be a scholarly writer. If you've never had the opportunity to write in a scholarly manner, that's really OK, because that's part of what this class and the beginning classes are all about-- how to help you make that transition from writing in a more informal way to a more scholarly way. So when it comes to scholarly writing, getting used to the classroom, anything that's new to you, just know that you have a lot of support and that really, we really want to see you succeed.
I'm Dr. John Marszalek. I teach in the MS and counseling programs at Walden University.