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Cynthia Luik

BA Psychology, 2010
MA Mental Health Counseling, 2014

My decision to attend Iona College as an undergraduate was a simple choice since its reputation for academic excellence and supportive environment was exactly what I wanted. Because of the opportunities available in the mental health counseling (MHC) graduate program, I decided to continue my relationship with Iona and study for my master’s degree.  During my second year of graduate study, I was honored to be awarded a graduate assistant position in the Psychology Department.

Every opportunity Iona has afforded me has opened another door for me both academically and professionally. I was able to establish long-term relationships with my professors and never felt as though I was just a number in the classroom setting. I was given not only employment opportunities but also research opportunities. With a MHC faculty mentor, I co-authored a book chapter on self-injury and eating disorders, which was published in October 2014.

In the third year of my graduate studies, I began an internship in a partial hospitalization and outpatient program. My internship led to my first job opportunity upon graduation within that organization’s mental health clinic and addiction recovery services program. I am currently working in both of these programs and am actively pursuing my New York State license as a Mental Health Counselor. Becoming licensed in mental health counseling will allow me to pursue my goal of starting a private practice.

My academic experiences and personal relationships developed while at Iona have been invaluable to me. I know that these experiences and relationships will continue to open doors for me and allow my career to flourish.