Caroline Horste graduated from Eastern Michigan University in August 2014 with a Master of Arts in College Counseling and currently works as a Program Coordinator for Transfer Student Orientation and Parent & Family Programs. She completed a year of practicum and internship experiences in various settings, as well as holding a degree-long graduate assistantship in the Department of Campus Life at EMU. She has volunteered since September 2011 with SafeHouse Center of Ann Arbor as a member of their response teams for both sexual assault and domestic violence, and in Fall 2013 facilitated a 12-week group for female survivors of domestic or sexual violence housed in the Washtenaw County Jail. Her co-authored research on self-authorship in first generation female student leaders has been accepted for presentation at regional conferences, as well as at TEDxEMU in 2013. (See the video here!) She holds a BS in Professional Geology, and brings a strong background in math, science, and problem-solving to her current role in the fields of counseling and student affairs.

I am an INFJ to the core. My “strengths”, based on the StrengthsFinder 2.0, are: Developer, Ideation, Intellection, Learner, and Empathy. Balancing these cognition-oriented strengths, with which I strongly identify, with my very emotionally-oriented MBTI results has been eye-opening – and has influenced and impacted the way that I conceptualize student affairs work in general, and specifically career counseling. You can read more about that here!

I hold a Master of Arts in Counseling, with a specialization in college student development – I chose to do a 60-credit-hour degree plan, rather than 48, and I supplemented my counseling core with student affairs classes. College counseling is a broad field which ”can best be understood as the intersection of a professional activity and an environment” (from Laura Dean’s excellent article, College Counseling: Union and Intersection, which I would consider required reading for folks entering this field).

So far, my experiences are broadly varied, and I have loved each and every opportunity I’ve pursued. The common thread, through everything I have done, is that I use counseling skills to help students (and parents, now!) intentionally process their experiences in order to help make meaning. My professional motto is “bloom where you are planted”: I believe in working hard and being kind, wherever I am.