Who are you?
My name is Adriana Vasquez. I am a first-generation Mexican immigrant. I am a daughter, a mother of two boys, a sister, a friend, a full-time employee, and a part-time student at Cal State Fullerton working towards my Masters of Science in Counseling degree. I migrated to the U.S when I was 15 years old; I am the first in my family to graduate from high school, and will be the first in my family to graduate with a master’s degree. My vision is to instill hope and healing in others with the utmost respect and professionalism.
What field are you in and what attracted you to that field?
I am pursuing a degree in Counseling, which is preparing me to seek the Marriage and Family Therapist license as well as the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor credentials. As a newcomer, I received help from teachers, counselors, and peers, and I learned resiliency through them. I dreamed of giving back and being there for others when their journey becomes too painful to walk it alone. Somebody was there for me, and I want to be there for somebody.
How do you hope to use your master’s degree to improve the health of your community?
My hope is to utilize my master’s degree to improve the health of my community by working in a public mental health setting, targeting co-occurring disorders affecting underserved youth and families. I envision myself providing culturally competent, recovery-oriented, bilingual services at a county clinic, advocating, educating, collaborating, and providing mental health services to the underserved population.
What is a resource or advice you wish you had before starting your master’s program?
The advice I wish I had before starting my Master’s program is: “There will be times when you will want to quit, please know this is normal because you’re embarking in quite a journey, just remember that you have what it takes to get it done. It will not be easy, but I promise you, it will be worth it.”