Accomplish Your Goals

She chose Canisius for its reputation and curriculum. “I discovered that Canisius offers smaller classes with the opportunity to really get to know your professors,” she says.  “This not only helped me to thoroughly understand the curriculum, but also gave me some great connections and mentors who give me insight and advice as my career progresses.”

For Courtney Nelson, the connections she formed at Canisius have been as invaluable as the real-world experiences she gained. “I learned a lot about different theories and practices. However, the hands on experience in both my practicum and internship proved to be the best way for me to understand the field and my career options,” she says. “And, I actually met my current director through my internship.”

While pursuing her master’s degree in school counseling, Nelson had the opportunity to focus on topics that were important to her and her community. She was passionate about helping young girls and teenagers with goal setting, self-esteem, social skills and exposure to opportunities they may not be aware of, like scholarships or extra-curricular activities. The counseling program gave her the freedom to explore and research these topics to meet her course requirements. And, it helped her set the groundwork for career.

Today, Nelson is a program counselor at Buffalo State College’s Liberty Partnerships Program, Adjunct Instructor at University at Buffalo’s Educational Opportunity Center and sits on the executive board of directors of the non-profit Dress for Success Buffalo.

Her mix of involvements all center around her overall goal of helping people. So don’t be surprised that she has some advice for people considering Canisius. “First, truly think about your personal and career goals. Write them down, and decide if they can be accomplished through this degree. If the answer is yes, then go for it! The only thing holding us back sometimes is our own self-doubt. You have to take that step into your future if you plan to accomplish your goals. And lastly... network, network and do more networking!”