In Focus: Joseph Guglielmo
Tell us about your path to Hofstra University.
After graduating from Fordham University with a B.S. in Psychology, I was looking to enter a competitive graduate level program in counseling with an excellent reputation on Long Island. Hofstra offered both, as well as small class sizes and a faculty with years of real-world experience in the counseling field. The flexible rolling admissions process also gave me some extra time to prepare for the GRE without stressing out about deadlines.
How did you pursue a career in Counseling?
After holding a few part-time office jobs, I realized I wanted to enter a field where I could actually make a difference in someone’s life. Growing up, I was always supported by my family and friends. I realized their support helped me get through some really tough times. I decided to study counseling at Hofstra so I could learn the necessary skills to become a supportive individual who helps others.
What are the benefits of joining the Counseling Club?
I became really involved in the Counseling Club. This was a great opportunity to learn about what was going on in the counseling field outside of Hofstra. In my last year at Hofstra, there was an opportunity to apply for a Co-President position and take on a leadership role. As a Co-President, I helped run meetings, organize a bake sale, and network with various community agencies. These meetings were also a great place to unwind after a long day and hangout with the students in the counseling program. They also have FREE food at all the meetings!
Did you encounter any inspiring faculty at Hofstra?
Dr. Sciarra was someone who I looked up to while at Hofstra. This guy is hard working, dedicated, and funny. He really challenged us to learn all the material, but was always there to support us when we needed help. With years of experience in the counseling field, Dr. Sciarra was able to provide valuable insight that I will never forget. He was also my faculty advisor who I met with whenever I had questions about the program. Professor Rodahan, my internship seminar professor, also became a valuable mentor in my life. Her positive attitude, warm personality, and depth of knowledge made our seminar an exciting and meaningful experience. She always offered to stay after class and help us however we needed. I can recall multiple times where we worked on interview questions and writing samples. She really helped me improve my interviewing skills.
How did your experience prepare you for your job search?
My experience at Hofstra really helped me prepare for my job search. I received a quality education with multiple opportunities to gain hands on experience in the counseling field. My internship and practicum experiences gave me the chance to take what I learned in the classroom and apply it to the real life situations. Hofstra’s Career Center also helped us develop our resumes, apply for certification, and search for job openings.
Tell us about your internship experience.
I interned in the guidance department at a high school on Long Island. This was an extremely valuable experience. I was able to learn first hand what it is like to work with students in a counseling setting. I was able to counsel students in both academic and social development. My onsite internship supervisor was helpful and tried his best to get me involved in a wide range of counseling activities. This experience helped me gain new levels of confidence. Now, when I go on job interviews, I am able to site specific examples from my counseling internship.
How were you able to finance your education at Hofstra? Did you receive any scholarships or assistantships?
In addition to the support of student loans, I was the recipient of the Marie C. Quinn Memorial scholarship award offered through the Nassau Counselors’ Association. This award is given to graduate students who demonstrate high levels of success and dedication in the counseling field. This was helpful in financing my Hofstra education.
What advice would you give to others considering Hofstra Counseling programs?
Definitely stop by and visit the Counseling and Mental Health Professions Department. The faculty is welcoming and would gladly speak with you about the great opportunities Hofstra has to offer. The small class sizes helped me become close with both faculty members and students in my cohort. While at Hofstra, I made a lot of valuable friendships that I will never forget. Take advantage of all the great opportunities Hofstra has to offer. I know all of my experiences helped prepare me for entry into today’s competitive job market.