My Passion For Pursuing A Doctoral Degree Essay

942 Words Dec 8th, 2016 4 Pages
A quote attributed to Mother Teresa says “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples”, this statement speaks to my passion for pursuing a counseling doctoral degree. My goal is to change the stigma both externally and internally in the mental health profession. As it takes only one stone to make multiple ripples to create a beautiful change in a body of water, I plan to be another stone for change in the mental health community. Just as a stone has to possess specific qualities to create these ripples, there are specific characteristics that a doctoral student must possess to be an effective catalyst for change in the counseling profession. The first characteristic of a doctoral student is the hunger to learn more about the profession, while advancing in clinical practice and educate future counselors. Second, the student has to have a passion to advocate for those in the mental health community through a multi-cultural lens. Finally, a doctoral student must be willing to contribute to the profession through conducting relevant research.

Doctoral students must be inquisitive about their field of interest and be selfless with educating upcoming professionals. Reflecting on major attributes I brought to previous positions prior to becoming a professional counselor, I find that I educate others based on my readings and experiences. I enjoy advising those that seek mentorship and additional guidance in practice. As a…

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