Our diverse body of students share about their graduate school search process, academic program experience, and their relationships with Wheaton faculty.
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Christina Garza M.A. '19, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Jenya Fazletdinova M.A. '17, Clinical Mental Health Counseling & Psy.D. '22, Clinical Psychology
I am originally from Russian Federation, Siberian region. When I worked with International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, I dealt with a lot of mentoring and came across pain from unhealed wounds in my students’ past. I decided that I want to help on a more professional level, so I started to look for counseling programs in Christian schools because I wanted to intergrade my faith and my profession. Wheaton was recommended to me by many missionaries.
Wheaton gives such a great exposure to different cultures, approaches, and theories. One of the most exciting and challenging courses for me were classes like Crises and Community Intervention and Multicultural Perspectives with Dr. Schultz. I spend a lot of time contemplating about my own culture and my place in the Lord’s international family. I also learned how to work with people in their suffering and aid them not just to survive trauma, but also help them with their posttraumatic growth and meaning-making.
I am planning to start a member care retreat center in Russia or another country of Eastern Europe for students, staff, and missionaries of IFES.
Haeyuk Nicole Jeong M.A. '18, TESOL and Intercultural Studies
My name is Haeyuk “Nicole” Jeong and I am currently studying TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in Intercultural Studies Department. I am from Busan, South Korea and I did my undergrad in Handong University. In fact, Handong University was established after the Christian spirit of Wheaton College, so I have heard about Wheaton College handful times from professors and staff. The more I looked into the programs, alumni testimonies and professors here, the more I wanted to come! But probably the biggest reason for choosing Wheaton College was, just like its logo says -‘For Christ and His Kingdom’ – I wanted to grow and learn how best to serve Christ and for His Kingdom in the near future. Academic success along with spiritual and personal growth was what I needed to do just that, and I can tell now that I am getting the very education I wanted here at Wheaton College.
After graduating from Wheaton College, I am planning to go back to Korea or to other parts of Asia to teach English. I am hoping to be able work in a broader range of fields with various age groups, as my program prepares me to work in cross-cultural settings as well. I am also hoping to provide some form of Christian education to Asians students who have never or nearly ever had such opportunities in their lives. Regardless of where I will be teaching, I want to live and work as an ambassador of Christ and for His kingdom
Victoria Barrows M.A. '19, Marriage & Family Therapy
I grew up in Pennsylvania, but moved to Wheaton, Illinois for my undergraduate degree at Wheaton College. I chose Wheaton College Graduate School for my master's degree because I wanted to learn how to integrate my Christian faith with the field of psychology alongside faculty members and classmates. I was also drawn to the diversity within the program. The Marriage and Family Therapy program gives me the opportunity to learn alongside classmates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, which enhances my education and training.
Throughout my program, I have been challenged to grow spiritually and academically. My personal faith has deepened as I have gained new perspectives on matters of Christianity and psychology. The more I learn about my field, the more I grow in my knowledge and love of Christ. Through readings, writing assignments, and interactions with faculty members, I have also grown in my knowledge of families in diverse contexts. So far, the most exciting course in my program has been Psychopathology and the Family, where I learned about the assessment and diagnosis of mental illnesses in a family context.
After graduating, I plan on pursuing a Marriage and Family Therapist license in the state of Illinois. I hope to integrate my education with local church ministries to serve families and couples. I hope to create and implement ministry programs that equip families to navigate adolescence in healthy, Christ-like ways.
Luci Sanders M.A. ’18, Biblical Exegesis
Community is one of my favorite parts of the Wheaton College Graduate School. I found rich diversity in perspectives and personalities, a willingness to be open towards others in sharing their lives, as well as having fun both inside and outside of the classroom.
Wheaton offers a spectacular way to bond with students both within your discipline and with others in different programs through Graduate Chapel – providing a way to pray, worship, read the Word, and learn together. The community at Wheaton is also incredibly diverse internationally, which adds to the fantastic learning environment. I am consistently interacting with those who come from different backgrounds from all over the world.
There are many amazing local churches to get involved. Housing proved to be an easy way to get in touch with the local community, as there are many options – from splitting rent with other students, to renting a room from a local family, or renting an apartment by yourself.
Yuli Kurniatiningsih M.A. '18, TESOL and Intercultural Studies
I immediately felt valued and appreciated with how kind and open the faculty are at Wheaton. I know that they want students to succeed in their studies, so, therefore, they invest in their students’ lives. The faculty were wonderful in aiding my transition to the U.S. from my home in Indonesia.
Vocationally, I desire to work with university students as a professor in English or the teaching field. My goal is to show young women in Indonesia that they too can be successful through higher education. My desire is to invest in these students’ lives so that they can reach their maximum potential for a brighter future.
Luci Frerichs M.A. ’18, Systematic Theology
Since beginning graduate school at Wheaton, I have noticed my faith has been revitalized by my studies. So many of the questions we continue to have about faith and life have been asked, debated, and explored by those before us in their own unique contexts. I enjoy learning from them and contributing to the theological conversation.
My goal after completing my program at Wheaton is to pursue doctoral studies in Systematic Theology. I also hope to serve the church by doing excellent informed theological reflection in the context of my local body and the academy. I hope to continue to use what I am learning in my program to become a better teacher of the Word of God in whatever context I am called to teach.
Nathan Snyder M.A. '18, Christian Formation and Ministry, Student Development Concentration
Spiritual and intellectual life is intimately connected at Wheaton, so the academic intensity puts my spiritual life into high gear. I have learned new depths of dependence upon God while being held to the highest standard of academic integrity.
I enrolled in the Student Development track in the M.A. Christian Formation and Ministry program to Explore higher education as a vocational direction. I am fascinated by emerging adulthood as a unique stage of development especially since it stretches faith in new ways. I am learning how to minister meaningfully and effectively to those who are facing challenges and questions as it relates to their faith.
David Hadar Ali M.A. 18' Clinical Mental Health Counseling
I chose Wheaton College Graduate School for its academic integrity and its commitment to train competent counselors rooted in the servant-practitioner Christian tradition. The program challenges students to ask questions about their faith and personality, and to examine their desires and dreams.
After graduation, I would like to work in a private practice to complete my licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) requirements. I seek to work with immigrants and refugees from the Middle East