Career Program: Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Associate
Hometown: Appleton, WI
Current Residence: Menasha, WI
Why did you choose the AODA Program?
There are many reasons that I want to become an AODA counselor. I believe that helping others is important. If you are capable and compassionate you can be an inspiration in an individual’s life. I do not want to change anyone, or teach him or her how to live the way I do. I DO want to inspire them to have a fulfilling life and live it to their fullest potential. The AODA program will offer me the skills and understanding I need to become an effective counselor.
What are you learning about your career field that you find interesting or rewarding?
I thought that being a counselor meant fixing everyone’s problems. I also never thought about what I would do if I lost a client, to drugs or alcohol. One of my instructors said, on the first day of class, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. But we are here to make him thirsty...” That really opened my eyes, because it isn’t necessarily about fixing anything. It is about inspiring a change and providing knowledge to facilitate that change. I also learned that you can’t win them all and not to be discouraged by that.
Why did you choose Fox Valley Technical College?
I had originally decided to go into Culinary Arts. Cooking is my favorite pastime, and I had heard all about FVTC’s outstanding Culinary program. My first year was in general education classes and I also had a few culinary classes as well, but decided that was not the avenue I wanted to take. I had always been interested in social work, counseling, and addictions. On Club Recruitment Day, I spoke with the people at the AODA Club booth, and I was hooked. I now know that this is what I want to do with my life, and FVTC has an amazing up-and-coming program to provide me with the education to do so.
What type of job do you expect to find after graduation?
After I graduate from FVTC, I would like to continue my education. I plan on receiving my bachelor’s degree before starting my career in the AODA profession. In addition to my studies, I’d like to volunteer to gain some experience.
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