Thriving as a Graduate Student at Trinity

-Mary (Honey) Mathieu ’27

Trinity’s graduate programs help students take the next step in their careers with rigorous coursework taught by experienced, dedicated professors. Rachel Garcia, a current graduate student at Trinity in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program (CMHC), describes her graduate classes as “a small group of good people that are not only classmates but family.” Garcia adds that the CMHC program at the College differs from similar programs with its “integration of faith and psychology, which allows students to develop a deep understanding of how their faith can inform their practice as counselors.”

Trinity’s Christian approach to coursework helps students thrive individually and in a community, giving them space to discover their God-given purpose while surrounded by supportive peers and faculty. Rachel describes the faculty of the CMHC program as “not only knowledgeable but also as individuals who genuinely care about the success and well-being of their students.” A supportive environment where one can learn and grow is essential to thriving, and Trinity provides the tools needed for that growth in its graduate programs.

When asked what she wants the world to know about future counselors currently pursuing a graduate program for counseling at Trinity, Garcia says, “Counselors are here to create a safe space for individuals to explore their emotions, gain self-awareness, and develop coping strategies. We strive to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and promote a culture of openness and acceptance.”

Counselors often choose the profession because they have a passion for helping and serving others. Trinity offers many valuable opportunities for students who are passionate about service. Some of these activities include service trips, projects, and drives. Serving others helps students thrive at Trinity, as volunteering frequently influences mental health positively. An internship is required as part of the CMHC program, allowing graduate students to serve others while becoming experienced counselors ready to make a change in the world. Finding a balance between caring for others and oneself is often talked about in Rachel’s classes. Garcia has found this healthy balance by “taking breaks and engaging in activities she enjoys like exercising, spending time with loved ones, and pursuing hobbies.”

Dr. Debra Majewski, Professor of Counseling, further discusses the importance of this balance by stating that “the program’s cohort model is designed to help students structure their schedules in manageable ways to incorporate schoolwork, family, occupation, and other obligations without overburdening them.” By receiving a well-rounded education and getting involved outside of classes while maintaining a healthy balance, graduate students at Trinity go on to do amazing things.

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