Caroline Horste is a counseling MA student with a focus on college-aged clients at Eastern Michigan University, graduating in either April or December 2014, depending on internship placement. She holds a graduate assistantship in the Department of Campus Life at EMU, and 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. 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: Futuristic, Ideation, Intellection, Learner, and Strategic. Balancing these very 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!

When I graduate, my degree will be a Masters of Arts in Counseling, with a specialization in college student development. College counseling is a broad field which encompasses “diverse mental health professionals from the fields of counseling, psychology, and social work”. (From the ACCA website.) The common thread is that college counseling professionals work in higher education settings. I haven’t decided yet whether I’d like to serve this field through a purely clinical role, or through a more student-affairs oriented role such as working in a Gender Resource Center or a Wellness Center. I am looking forward to my practicum and internship experiences as chances to deepen this understanding.