The Water Lily Way

A school counselor's story of how to live, work and play…the water lily way

About

Hello, and welcome to my blog! My name is Jessica and I am graduate student at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh seeking a degree in professional school counseling. I am in the second year of my program, and will have two semesters left after spring of 2014. The final year in my program will be spent completing my internship during which I will spend time in an elementary, middle and high school.

I have wanted to begin blogging for quite some time, but couldn’t figure out how or where to begin! Just this semester, I was asked by one of my professors to begin developing  a comprehensive school program for my future work as a school counselor. She also encouraged us to find ways to share our project and connect with other counselors to begin getting a feel for networking and collaborating with others in the field. While I am extremely passionate about school counseling and engaging with youth,  this will only be one of the many topics you will find in this blog…

One of my favorite quotes is, “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” That is how I see and understand my work as a counselor. I love working with children, adolescents, families and other helping professionals.  Every individual I will connect with over the course of my career will have come from a different background and have a different story. Thus, I have dedicated myself to a life ahead of learning and using a variety of techniques and methods to connect with all people, which hopefully allows me to be that “one person” for my current and future students, families, and colleagues. With that being said, I look forward to sharing with you and learning from you!

I completed my undergraduate degree in Community Health Education at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. Needless to say, I am also very passionate about health and wellness. I believe life is about balance. I strive to find ways to lead a balanced life outside of working and earning my master’s degree. Eating well, exercising regularly and taking care of me, mentally, are all ways in which I try to lead a healthy life. So, not only will you find the ways I incorporate these aspects into my life on this blog, you will also be able to see how I am beginning to share various ways of wellness with my current and future students, families and coworkers. Sharing with others how to lead a balanced life, and maintaining one of my own, is essentially how I believe one can live, work and play…the water lily way

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