Description: This is an experience of walden-university-portal, in which the author will briefly share her experience at her first of four PhD residencies with Walden University Oxon Hill.
I want to go into my journey of obtaining my PhD in human services through Walden University with a non-profit Administration concentration. My first residency was wonderful.
I have done traditional college learning. However all my graduate degrees that I obtained I did online due to everyday things that happen as far as taking care of children, working and things of that nature.
Because I raise my children alone with a great support system that allows me to have these opportunities. I was afforded to the opportunity to be able to attend a residency in Oxon Hill. I’m home saying Marilyn which is a great opportunity because I got to get away from home for a while.
I love the diversity of the program. I love the openness and the effective communication. Because there are different ways to communicate. I like the way they’re able to guide people through the process and you feel comfortable enough to ask questions even though silly questions that you should already know as a PhD student.
Because going through this program it can be quite intimidating when you are faced with some of the things that you can improve in. I went to Oxon Hill Maryland. I went to the Gaylord Convention Center which was a beautiful venue. I did not get a chance to stay in the venue.
However I got a chance to meet people that stay different and go to different restaurants and communicate. Going through a residency I encourage people to at least go to their first one. Because it’s more especially if you are a little nervous and excited.
It was great I’ve met a lot of great people and a lot of different states. I met elated introduction from Tennessee. I met elated people that drove from Georgia. We’ll be driving about almost four hours away from home.
I didn’t feel bad because I was chewing these people’s road even further. But a lot of them are happy family members. They turn them into vacations. I love the energy of all of them. I love it. I met one young lady that is in my neighboring city. I was her neighbor so I keep in contact with her about the sharing.
I’ve met a lot of great people and great faculty members like Dr. Schurman. He was phenomenal. Dr. Hogan was great. I’m forgetting somebody, the doctor, the head of the department. I feel bad I went blank. He was so great. He was very professional. He acts like answered a lot of questions. He encouraged us to do a lot of different things.
My situation was different because I literally had to drive maybe two hours away from home to a friend’s home that lived in the commuting area. My journey was different and I wanted to share it. I ended up having to drive from my friend’s home and I’m going to say that Stafford is close and I had to drive it commute every morning and every afternoon.
Shout out to the people in the DMV area because I don’t know how in the world you do your traffic like I live in Hampton Roads. Get me wrong we do a lot but I can honestly say traveling from Hampton Virginia to Stafford and commuting every day to Maryland I probably have driven about 20 hours this week.
At the end of the day I don’t regret my decision. My process to a lot of things have always been harder. I was able to adapt because that’s the type of person I am. I loved every minute of it. I felt like moving on into my next part of my life and journey. I had to do this process in order to be able to share fully my experience.
So at the residency I didn’t know what to expect. We had a lot of different forms and different things. We were able to have access to a lot of student advisors and a lot of different students from different programs.
I met two great psychology students. I love the environment. It was so positive and uplifting. And it was encouraging. It helped me in transitioning back home. I was exhausted however I feel more inspired and I feel more connected with my Walden community and my friends.
I look forward to building relationships with different people. Because in the Human Services area I met a lot of licensed professional counselors. I met a play therapist. I met a public speaker, one young lady that was like 25 years old and was fearless.
She was phenomenal. Her name was Toni with a breath of fresh air. If I think of anything else that I want to share I’m going to come back and share it. I might go through the different areas that we talked about.
But I pull my notes and things that I need you to gather. I came home last night. I’m trying to document. As I go in a couple days hopefully I get a little bit more rest and I’ll be rejuvenated. I can share a little bit more of myself because I want to be transparent in this journey. I want to inspire.
It’s a difference in knowing your calling and your purpose. My calling is to inspire people to reach their maximum potential. My purpose is to serve different people in different areas of the community.
Honestly the majority of the people under service is the population that I want to reach. I am in all with the social change commitment. Walden has raised the bar when it comes to their students being active in the community and holding themselves accountable to their institution and sharing it in the world. Thanks for reading.