How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?
When I found out about the Children & Society BDP, I knew it would be a great fit. I was interested in child development, but my major did not offer an emphasis in this area. Also, I was a first-generation college student and felt overwhelmed. I was searching for a program that would help me feel connected to UT. As a BDP student, I made valuable connections and felt supported in my studies. I discovered my interest in counseling and providing play therapy to children.
What do you value most about your BDP experience?
I enjoyed the connections I was able to make with faculty and staff. These individuals became great mentors and provided valuable guidance. I was the first in my family to attend college, so I did not know about the research, internship, and study aboard opportunities that were available. By actively participating in my BDP experience, I was able to discover wonderful opportunities and left UT feeling prepared for graduate school.
In what ways did an interdisciplinary education prepare you for what you are currently doing?
I am currently a doctoral candidate in counselor education and supervision, and I actively participate in teaching, research, and service in my profession. Throughout my BDP experience, I developed my own path toward completing my certificate. I also developed a holistic approach to my work. I was not only immersed in my discipline, but I interacted with other disciplines to enhance my perspective. As a doctoral student, I lean on the skills that I gained as a BDP student.