I can't believe I’m graduating already, three years have just flown by! I’m excited and proud to finally call myself a qualified counsellor, but at the same time I’m also nervous to be leaving the the nurturing environment of Abertay University. It feels like leaping out of a nest and attempting to fly!
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I was drawn to Abertay because of the Pluralistic Counselling course. Before applying I read a description of the course and familiarised myself with the pluralistic perspective. It seemed modern, relevant and well aligned with my values. Additionally, I was aware that Abertay also conducts counselling research and wanted to be involved that in some way.
I feel like the counselling program has excellent teaching staff. Not only did they deliver interesting lectures, but they managed to build relationships with students early on. I found the staff to be particularly supportive when I had a baby mid-way through the course. Being a first time mother and a student was very challenging. I came to many classes under-slept and highly emotional, but I always felt welcomed and nurtured.
I hope to move back Pakistan, where I am originally from, and I’d like to start a counselling practice there. I am also interested in teaching counselling, particularly pluralistic counselling, which I find compatible with both eastern and western cultures.
In the long run I would love to conduct South Asian-centric counselling research. I feel this would help make counselling accessible and relevant to a more communities.
I feel like Abertay is a safe space to explore not only what you want to study, but also who are you. Let yourself grow.