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How I Became a Purple Eagle!

by Vanessa Abudei on September 22, 2021
How I Became a Purple Eagle!

Vanessa Abudei is a graduate student in the M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She works in the Justice Houses as a Graduate Assistant

During my last semester as an undergraduate student, I started applying to different colleges for my graduate studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I had four schools on my list I applied to, but was not sure which of them I really wanted to attend. I spoke with friends, families and advisors at my last college, and the one thing they all said in common was for me to be patient and hopeful. By July, I had lost all hope, because I had about a month left to decide where I was going to go. I needed to register for classes at one of them as I got admitted into all four of them.

At the very last minute, I got an opportunity and was hired as the Graduate Assistant for the Justice Houses here on campus. It happened so fast, the three months I spent worrying about where to go finally paid off. After making my decision, I was also scared of moving to a new state, starting afresh, making new friends, and getting to know the area. The one thing I was not scared about, unlike the three schools I applied to, was the population and campus size. I did my undergrad at a small institution like NU where most professors knew me by my first name and I was not ready to lose that.

Above it all, I think there is a purpose for me to be here at NU despite the uncertainties. All through the three months, I kept repeating this verse, “All things work together for good to them that love God” Romans 8:28. I can not wait to see what good things come out of my stay here and the awesome people I am beginning a new chapter in my life with. 

For more information on the M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, please contact us or call 716.286.8336.