Say hello to Sydney Boston, a first-year master’s student in our Mental Health Counseling program and one of our fabulous Student Ambassadors! We chatted with Sydney recently as she answered our “fast five” questions to give us a glimpse into her life at TC:

Why did you choose to pursue your studies at TC?

I am passionate about expanding access to mental health services to underserved populations. I chose TC because a focus on multiculturalism and social justice is incorporated into every aspect of the coursework. Plus, living in one of the most vibrant, opportunity-rich cities in the world during this time of life is so exciting. I feel so lucky to be here!

What has been a surprising part of your experience thus far?

How much I’ve come to absolutely love my peer community! My Mental Health Counseling cohort is incredible. Every person I’ve met is kind, motivated, and inclusive. There is no such thing as competition— everyone genuinely supports one another every step of the way.

Any favorite food spots in/around TC?

So many! I have the privilege of living close to campus, so I spend a lot of time in the area. Oasis Jimma Juice Bar is an incredible, locally-owned health-food haven next to the 1 train at 125th street. I also have a lot of love for the TC Dining Hall! I get a make-your-own salad most days for lunch, and it is always fresh and delicious (and much less expensive than restaurants outside of school).

What’s the best part about living in NYC?

First, NYC is the adopted home of people from around the world who enrich this city with their perspective and culture. Second, there is always something exciting and new to try. Whether it’s a concert in Brooklyn, a pop-up market in Union Square, or a caroling event right in Russell Courtyard — you are never bored.

What do you hope to do after graduation?

I hope to work in higher education and facilitate individualized and group therapy for students. I believe that working with university students is critical because many young people do not have access to counseling services before college due to cost, stigma, or transportation issues. Many mental health issues come to the surface during the undergraduate years in particular. I can’t wait to get started in the field!

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