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A Helping Hand

Randy Markland, a professional counseling student at Argosy University, Schaumburg Campus, truly has a passion for making a difference within his community.

Markland began volunteering with Odyssey HealthCare in the fall of 2003. Odyssey HealthCare, located in Arlington Heights, Ill. serves the greater Chicago area by providing counseling services to terminally-ill patients and their families. It was soon after Markland began his volunteer work at Odyssey that he decided to attend Argosy University, Schaumburg Campus in pursuit of an MA in Professional Counseling.

"One of my friends who attended Argosy University in Schaumburg told me about how terrific the school is," says Markland. "She spoke so highly of the professors and of the curriculum. She was so enthusiastic about Argosy University that I had to learn more about the school for myself," says Markland. After applying and interviewing for his candidacy to enroll at the school, Markland was indeed impressed with the professionalism and experience of the faculty and decided that Argosy University, Schaumburg Campus was a great match for him.

Markland truly benefited from all Argosy University, Schaumburg Campus offered. "I liked the way the scheduling at Argosy University was geared toward working adults. I also liked how the professors implemented their expertise and professional experience, which allowed the students to get a sense of what they will encounter in their own fields of work," he explains.

Markland worked in custumer service for several years before deciding that he needed a career change. "As I approached the age of 40, I took some time off to decide what I wanted to do in my professional life," Markland said. After seeing a flier at his church advertising the need from volunteers at a place called Odyssey HealthCare where terminally-ill patients receive care, Markland did not think twice about offering his time and care to others. Markland, himself diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, understands how beneficial volunteering people can be. "I once received support from other people and it helped me tremendously," he says.

Today, Markland works for the Alexian Center for Mental Health in Arlington Heights within its psychosocial rehabilitation department. He works with chronically and acutely mentally-ill clients in group therapy. When asked about his future goals, Markland replied by saying: "I'd like to increase the awareness in the community and release some of the stigma that is attached with having mental illnesses, whether through workshops or community events." And with his professional counseling degree from Argosy University, Schaumburg Campus, Markland will use his education to make an even stronger positive impact on the patients.