Diana Kendall Davis

Diana Kendall Davis is a member of Marist's M.A. in Mental Health Counseling Class of 2008. She holds a BA in Psychology from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri and is an enlisted servicemember in the United States Army.

Why did you choose Marist?
Marist provided me with a program that most closely matched my future goals. Completing the application process was a pleasant experience. I felt very comfortable with those individuals I met. I really felt like I could learn something here.

How do you balance school demands with work and/or family life?
I don't know if I would use the word "balance." I certainly think there are necessary sacrifices when undertaking a challenge such as graduate school. Two main factors make graduate school. First, I have the most incredibly supportive and understanding husband in the world. He is not just a consistent source of encouragement and strength, but he helps me keep up with the regular responsibilities of living. He has willingly made sacrifices and taken on tasks to help me reach my goals. The second factor would have to be time management. I have to sit down at the beginning of every semester and map out when I'll be working on papers, studying for tests, going to school, going to work, and yes, spending time with my family. I schedule time for my husband and "kids" (I have two dogs) because being with them is how I take care of myself. After all, if I don't take the time to enjoy life, then there is no reason to push myself so hard! It also helps to have a somewhat flexible work schedule.

What do you like best about your program at Marist?
The program itself is probably the most appealing aspect. The Master's in MHC is set up so graduates are as ready as possible to take the next steps for licensing. There are also certain professors I find especially inspiring. It makes learning far easier and far more fascinating with the instructor is genuinely interested in teaching the students. Thank you, Dr. Tsoubris, Dr. Walsh, and Dr. Scileppi.

Tell us a little bit about your internship experience.
I had the best internship a student could ask for. I had a great supervisor who was always available and interested in helping me better myself. I worked with a group of clinicians that love the work and genuinely want to help those they serve. The whole environment was primed for molding a quality counselor. Plus, I had my own office. Who wouldn't like that?

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Profile Type: Alumni
Major: Mental Health Counseling
Academic School: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Campus: New York