Kathleen O'Connell, Catholic '22, is a Psychology and Education Studies major from Rockville Centre, NY. After graduation, she'll be pursuing a Master's in School Counseling with an Advanced Certificate in LGBT Health, Education and Social Services at New York University.

Briefly describe your new opportunity.

"Starting this fall, I will be attending New York University to receive my Masters in School Counseling with an Advanced Certificate in LGBT Health. I will be a part of the Applied Psychology Program at NYU Steinhardt. I hope to be a guidance counselor for either elementary or middle school children."

How did your Catholic University education help you find this path?

"Catholic University allowed me to explore many of my interests. I was a double major in Psychology and Education Studies with a minor in History. My faculty advisors and professors were always there with the support and guidance I needed!"

What activities were you involved in during undergrad?

"I was a student athlete on the Catholic University Women's Tennis team all four years. I love my teammates and felt connected with the student athlete community. I was a Research Assistant in the Child Cognition, Affect and Behavior Lab for two years and presented twice at University Research Day. I was also the president of Catholic University's chapter of Psi Chi, the Psychology International Honor Society, as well as a member of the Psych Club E-Board and the Psychology Department's Peer Mentor Coordinator. In addition, I was a Eucharistic Minster on campus."

What were some highlights of your time at Catholic University?

"One of my favorite memories from my time at Catholic University is when I studied abroad in Rome. The summer after freshman year, I did the First-Year Experience Program and spent a month studying abroad at Catholic University's Rome campus. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity and travel the world!"

What advice do you have for students during their job search? 

"My advice would be to not be afraid to ask questions. I met with many different people and collected as much information as I could before making my decision. I recommend using all the resources available to you because there are people who truly want to see you succeed and can help you get there!"