As a brand, Mount Gay Rum is interested in learning what makes the modern man tick and today I hope to shed a little light on my experiences as a developing professional in hopes that any of you out there might find some inspiration from my own challenges and triumphs.
To begin, I have to go all the way back to middle school when I was crazy obsessed in the performing arts. Initially, I started off playing percussion in band but made my way to plays and chorus as the years went on, leaving my marching days behind (band geek alert!). Anyway, I saw all this to tell you that my ambition was to be a shining star on Broadway or the small screen, even though I was relatively insecure about my developing talent. There really was no way that I could see myself entering the real world of academia or being the lawyer or doctor that others thought I was smart enough to be.
As I lived for those last school periods to rehearse and perform, a new course in psychology was being offered on campus and I thought that I may as well give it a try as I was always interested in what made people tick, so to speak. It also didn’t help that I had also been perpetually obsessed with the films “Psycho” and “Silence of the Lambs” for as long as I could remember, but I digress.
My psychology teacher, and I say this in love, was one of the nuttiest people I had ever met and you know what, I lover her for it. Her approach was genuine and fluid which fit right in with my more creative and artistic sensibilities. It was then that I fell in love with psychology.
I found myself more and more interested in the human mind as I entered college and officially declared my major. I found my undergraduate years to be pretty much a breeze (well, except for a statistics course or two), and I knew that I had chosen the right thing. But, little did I know that you needed more than a bachelor’s degree if you wanted to delve into the realm of traditional counseling or therapy. A chance encounter with a staff member at a school I was visiting led me to look into Teachers College in New York City, the place I now call home.
First things first, I had to take a huge risk and relocate to NYC with no contacts except for an on campus job that I was starting. And trust me, this sort of risk-taking was very foreign to me, but something told me that I was making the right choice, even though inside I was pretty nervous about what lied ahead.
I have a lot of fondness for my education and training at TC and I certainly worked hard for it. Training to be a psychotherapist is HARD work, and most of it on the emotional end. There was certainly more than one occasion in which I wanted to quit, but somehow I stayed put and finished my program (pats self on the back).
Today, I work in the mental health field and I can’t really see myself doing anything else. I find myself immersed in my work, obsessed with providing good treatment and services to clients in hopes that I can help someone heal or find strategies to help them get more out of life.
So what has been my personal key to success? Well, it’s actually one of the things that scares me the most and that’s simply taking risks. I had to take that first risk to enroll in that psychology course that changed my career trajectory dramatically. I took the risk to listen to the advice of a stranger which led me to grad school in one of the best counseling programs in the nation. I took the risk to tough it out when I didn’t think I was able to make it through. After all that, I came to relish my career with honor and try to serve with integrity. And in my work I find there is always a time and a place for new opportunities and challenges. I guess it doesn’t hurt to take risks sometimes, now does it?
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