Caroline Horste graduated from Eastern Michigan University in August 2014 with a Master’s of Arts in College Counseling. She completed a year of practicum and internship experiences in various settings, and for the duration of her degree, she held a 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 career counseling. You can read more about that here!

I hold a Masters 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). My goal is to use the skills and experiences I’ve gained while pursuing this degree to serve the Student Affairs profession.

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 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. My professional goal is to find a job that will allow me to continue using my counseling skills to do exactly that.