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help--I need some advice
May 8, 2001
12:40 pm
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psycholstudent
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I don't know what's the matter with me. All I know is that I'm not a perfect student and this negative attitude is affecting my grades. Psychology is really interesting, so is mental health. I long for some right now! I'm thinking about what I'll do after college and it looks very bleak! I can't make up my mind on a career because either the job has some sort of flaw or I become intimidated by the description. I've been thinking about counseling and find it quite fasinating, but I think I'll never make it. I feel that I have the right skills and life experience to help someone, but I think that I'll get bored with it, someone is better and will prove hard for me to show myself a good candidate. I also feel I'll really hate it or that I don't really have patience, etc. But in the back of my mind, I know I can do it and I feel it, but something right beside it is trying to supress it or keep it from becoming truth--my truth. This thing helps me believe there is something better, greater and rewarding for me, and that counseling shouldn't become my concern. But I find the pursuit for this other career fruitless. However, I'm trying to remain patient and instead use this period in my life as a sort of testimonial/encouragement for someone else someday. But I don't know. I have a ton of money in student loans to pay back, and I would like to know whether counseling is really going to help me financially. This is another problem for me. I have so many pressures mounting or just feels that way. Maybe I'm taking this way of out line, but I'm worried. I like counseling, but I'm afraid of failure and whether or not I'm up for the job. I don't know what to do!

May 9, 2001
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Counseling unless you do private practice which will take time, and money and set it up in a high income area could prove financially rewarding, or you can go to work for the government, and make a nice check with benifits, and suffer such horrible burn out in a short time. Is this your chosen field of study? I am beginning to believe that there is money, and no stress in fast food, and you can give dietary advice, counseling. Sounds like you need some time off, just let it go, for a little while, go to job fairs, draw a description of what it looks like you want to do, or you could stay in school, join the peace corps, or just feal the fear, do it if you don't like it , its ok to change your mind.

May 9, 2001
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Hey psycholstudent,
What you're going through sounds a lot like what happened to me after college. I had all these ideas on what to do but I could never take a step forward. I felt like I couldn't make it. I also had a lot of issues to deal with. What you're going through right now is putting high expectations on yourself. You are going to fail if you think that you have to be successful and make lots of money. I had a nervous breakdown going that route. I think you should take it step by step. If something feels uncertain listen to yourself. But also don't shy away from fear. You'll never know until you try it. It sounds like you are getting very unstable, which is how I was after college. Go do something you enjoy and that stables you. PS you have lots of time. Don't worry if you're a late bloomer, I think I am!!!
--water--

May 9, 2001
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I wonder if you might find it beneficial to engage in a productive counseling relationship with a skilled counselor. . . This might help you to better understand what counseling is all about, so that you can make a more informed decision. Also, it's important for you to process all your personal issues before you enter into practice, psychology or otherwise, so that these things don't cloud your objectivity in working with clients. There are many good career counselors out there, and surly there are one or two at your university. This might also be a resource for you.

Good Luck!!

Mal

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