So remember that Grad School Interview that never happened? Well it finally did. After jumping through 100000 hoops, I finally got the call I had been waiting a month for. Unfortunately, it did not go quite as I had planned.
You see about two weeks ago I was told who would be calling me and that she should have called me by that Friday. Well she didn't. She finally called last Wednesday and told me I had to have my interview by the end of the week. Yeah two days to get this done. And I would need to block off 3 hours of my time to do all my requirements.
Well from 9-5 on Thursday I had class and could not miss any of them. And Friday I was suppose to go make up some hours for my practicum. As much as I really needed to go do that, I had to cancel so I could do my interview.
The only bright side? She actually called when she had said she would. After the first questions my interview went down hill fast. I have never drawn as many blanks and been unable to answer questions as much as I did that day.
Of course I could tell her what makes me want to go into counseling. Easy peasy nailed it! Well then she wanted to know what I thought USF (University of South Florida) had to offer me. How do you answer that? A good education? A good name? I did my best.
Then she asked me what experience I had in counseling whether it was voluntary or not. Um none? Again could not answer the question. My school does not offer those types of things, and from my experience those offices will not allow you to be there unless you have a degree, which I do not have.
I got asked about diversity. Nailed that one thank you to camp. I knew that place would come in handy one of these days.
The lady wanted to then know where i saw myself 5 years after completing the program. Not hard right? Wrong. I am not one to predict where I will be. I want to follow God's path not my own so I said I saw myself working in counseling while either pursuing or planning to pursue my Ph.D.
I thought that sounded great. But she wanted to know what I thought my job would specifically look like. Um...I don't know...thats why I am wanting to go to school to learn about that. Totally bombed that.
Oh and the lady then chose to tell me all the reasons why I should not get my Ph.D. Um what?! Since when is that a bad thing? Last time I checked it was good. Yes I understand I do not HAVE to have it to do what I want to do, but I love school and believe that furthering my education will not only benefit me, but my future clients as well. She disagreed.
To put the topper on the cake, she then chose to attack my faith. I was astounded. This school stands on nondiscrimination, and she wanted to hear that I would not discriminate because of my faith but there she was discriminating me.
She wanted to know if I would be able to see Muslims, those who wanted a divorce, or someone who is thinking about abortion. Um hello YES! My faith shines through in my actions and the way I treat people, not just pulling out the Bible.
It took everything in me to not get mad. I chose to remember that this is a time to share God's word. It was hard but worth it. I just wanted to cry. I could not believe this was happening. I wish I had my mothers words during this. She later told me I should have said "I would not discriminate against anyone as much as I would not appreciate being discriminated against now."
Needless to say I am not happy about my interview. I have no clue what the outcome may be, but I will pray for the best and find out in about 2 weeks!