My name is Latarcia Cooke. I live in Toledo, Ohio. I am in the Mental Health Counseling program.
Because I didn't really know what to expect with online schooling, when I did my professional development plan, that helped me overcome some of the anxiety that I had, because I was able to list and plan out what my goals were. I was able to look at my state licensure requirements. I was able to look at the courses that I was going to take. It was just a map of how things would be, and how many quarters everything would be, and how things would flow. So that really, really helped me.
I talked to academic advising numerous times, because I wanted to make sure that I was doing the things that I was supposed to do. And they not only helped me to see things, to get a visual of things, but they also linked me to other resources. I will tell you guys, please talk to your professor. That's a really big thing. If you're feeling anxiety, you're feeling fearful, scared, talk to your professor. Because your professor-- they will guide you. They will help guide you. They will give you the feedback that you need. And when they give you the feedback, please apply it.
It's not easy. But if you do the necessary things in order to be successful, you will succeed. So I would encourage you to develop a plan. Doing the final project for the Introductory To Counseling course, it really put-- it just put things into perspective for me. It put me in the life of the professional counselor that I was interviewing, and it really encouraged me to continue on.
I think that in the beginning of your experience at Walden, you need that piece. You need to see that this is what counselors do. This is what you need, this is the day in a life, this is how things will go. So you can evaluate and see if this is something that you really want to do. And if it is, then go ahead. Continue on. Strive. Because it may be a little bit tough, but you can do it. You can do it. I'm doing it. And I'm pretty sure you will too.