Meet Georgina from the UK, studying Counselling in Australia
Published 15 Feb, 2021 · 2 minute read
Hi, my name is Georgina de Mello Kenyon and I’m from the United Kingdom. I’m studying a Master of Counselling at The University of Queensland.
Why did you choose to study in Australia and specifically at UQ?
I chose UQ due to its international prestige as a first-class educational establishment. UQ's reputation for excellence in both academic and research spheres stood out to me as I knew I could trust the master’s program to have high quality teaching, material and resources.
In addition, the Master of Counselling at UQ balances the science and art of counselling, giving you practical experience in counselling, as well as a strong academic background that other universities don't offer to the same extent.
Why did you choose your program and what have been the best things about your program at UQ?
I was drawn to a Master of Counselling degree due to the ability to become qualified after 2 years. Counselling is an exciting, developing and innovative career that honours the uniqueness of each individual as well as the shared human experience.
I most enjoy the sense of community that being part of UQ offers. There are so many opportunities to meet people and be involved in campus events and societies.
In addition, the opportunities to further your university experience have been exceptional whether in research, career opportunities, employment, volunteering or academic challenges. The lecturers and tutors are extremely approachable, supportive and knowledgeable which has made my experience of UQ really enjoyable.
What advice would you give people from other countries about studying at UQ?
I would highly recommend this degree to others as it is offers a strong theoretical and scientific background to counselling, as well as teaching and providing space for the development of practical counselling skills. The degree instils a confidence, patience and humility in all its students and has been not only an academic journey in learning to become a counsellor, but also a deeply personal one.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at UQ and the lecturers really make this degree. It’s really vital to be prepared for how personal the journey is to become a counsellor. The content, by its nature, can be triggering and requires good levels of insight and self-care strategies.