Student Feature | Argosy Testimonial | Duyen Nguyen) 11/29/2016 <p> “During my sophomore year of high school I knew I wanted a career in psychology I just did

Student Feature | Argosy Testimonial | Duyen Nguyen

“During my sophomore year of high school I knew I wanted a career in psychology I just did not realize how broad that the psychology field really was. While in community college, I contemplated a criminal psychology degree, and even took a few Criminal Justice courses. I became interested in helping, not only victims, but also criminals and offenders because everyone has a story to tell and in need of help.

While attending University of California, Riverside (UCR), there was a guest speaker that spoke about domestic violence; something sparked inside of me and I was inspired to work with the domestic violence and rape/sexual assault population. It is a tough population that very few people want to be involved in, but someone has to and some have to. After UCR, I was adamant about taking a year off from school to relax and decide on the next chapter of my life. Even though I told myself to take a break, my mind was intrigued about all the different master degree programs that are offered. I luckily came upon Argosy University and reached out with questions; a week after meeting with my admissions representative and seeing the Los Angeles campus, I found myself applying to the Master of Arts (MA) in Forensic Psychology degree program (MAFP). I became extremely fascinated and impressed with each class that I took because they were completely different from my undergraduate studies. The classes were very hands on, it was many applied concepts, and were relevant to the field I wanted to work in. I was most impressed with how all of the professors that I had, worked in the field; they seem to have applied what they were teaching to how they dealt with that same situation in their practice – a great and another way to learn “outside of the book.” I finished and graduated from the MAFP program in 2014, with a 3.75 GPA and was selected and honored to be a student speaker at the 2014 commencement.

That was not the end of my journey with Argosy University; with the support of my family and friends I started the Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology program (MACP), right after my MAFP program, in hopes of becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Six months after starting the MACP program my world changed; my dad was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. I had every reason to quit school to take care of my dad, but I knew that was the last thing he would have wanted for me. For the next year and a half I juggled two jobs, my MACP program, taking care of my dad, and trying to find time for my relationship. With the support of everyone at Argosy University, I was able to get through my program knowing that they were always so accommodating and understanding of my situation. I finally made it to my last year of the program where I would be starting my practicum and work experience; unfortunately, my dad passed away June 2016 just two months before I started my traineeship. I was surprised by all the love and support I received from not only the students, but also from the professors and administration at Argosy University during my grieving process.

I am currently maintaining a 4.0 GPA with less than one year left and gaining experiences at my practicum site where I am working with high school teenagers. My career goal is to eventually become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and not only build my own private practice, but to also open a youth center for teens and adolescents where I can continue to raise awareness in our youth regarding dating violence in hopes of preventing them from being victims of domestic violence. I not only want my story to inspire young girls, but also young boys. My story is not about how a Vietnamese girl overcame her obstacle; it is about how an individual with heart, dedication, and passion drove her to overcome such struggles and loss at a young age.”

                                              Written by Argosy University alumna, Duyen Nguyen

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