Megan Held is a student in the master's of education in school counseling program.
Niagara University has given me so many opportunities to grow in my career as well as an individual. Upon completing my undergraduate degree from Niagara University, I then decided to pursue a graduate degree from here. Coming to Niagara has been by far one of the best decisions I could have ever made and then being able to continue my graduate work here as well has been a blessing. I am a graduate student in the College of Education in the School Counseling program and a graduate assistant in the Public Relations Office.
The opportunities I have been provided at Niagara have shaped me into the person I am today. I have been able to go on mission trips to both Camden, NJ and Pittsburgh, PA to serve impoverished communities. During my time on these trips I was able to help those in need and it made me think about how I wanted to continue to help others in need.
During my undergrad I was working towards my degree in Elementary Education, as my senior year approached, I was having doubts. I loved children and working with them but, I didn’t know if my love for children meant that I wanted to be a teacher.
I volunteered in the Office of Multicultural Affairs as Big Eagle Little Eagle Mentor. I was paired with a high school student at Niagara Falls High School and worked with them on setting goals, planning for a career and the college application process. This was a big stepping stone for me in deciding to become a school counselor.
Even though this process was very difficult for me the faculty in the College of Education have been nothing but supportive in helping me in this decision. I felt very supported in trying to figure out what I should do for my graduate work. I was always able to go up to the Department of Education Office and ask for guidance along with resources to help aid me in deciding.
After months of exploring options I decided to pursue a master’s degree in School Counseling. The program here is extraordinary. The class sizes are small, so you can build a bond with, not only your classmates but, all your professors. There is a lot of hands on learning, and I feel that this has benefited me most. Being able to be in such a well-rounded accredited program has broadened my horizons and I feel that upon graduation I will be well prepared to go out into the workforce.
Here at Niagara, I have been an Orientation Leader, a photographer, a Big Eagle Little Eagle Mentor, and a student able to find a career that they love along with finding myself in the process. And for that, I am forever grateful.
For more information on the master's of education in school counseling program, please contact the College of Education Office or by phone at 716.286.8336.