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College of Education Graduate Profiles

When Shari Schneider returned to school after raising her four children, her BA in Early Childhood Education created new opportunities in a field she had been in for 20 years. With her experience in daycares and as a paraprofessional in Special Education classes, the 2020 graduate reflects on the path that led her to GSU.

"Life is all about choices. You can choose whatever path you want, and you can always change where that path may lead. And you are never too old to create a new beginning!"

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After raising children, working full-time and earning her BA in Psychology at Governors State University, Emily Gibson is a graduate again this May, receiving her MA in Counseling with a concentration in marriage couple and family counseling. Now she's ready to begin her career as a therapist.

“It’s exactly what I was meant to do,” she said. “We’re social animals. The relationships we long for, whether through blood or the family we choose, are what make us happy.”

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Ruth Shannon, a 2020 graduate with a Master's in School Counseling, discovered GSU while coping with the loss of her mother. She realized the importance of working on yourself to become a better student and a better counselor.

"Be ready to do your self-work. You will not be effective as a counselor if you do not know who you are in the deepest places, those we tend to hide from the world. Do not be timid or take anything personally because I promise you at the end of your journey, you will be well prepared and ecstatic at the person and professional you will become."

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