Student Ambassador: Cecilia Brennan

Cecilia Brennan

Cecilia Brennan

Student Ambassador, Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA

Hometown Massachusetts (originally from New Jersey) 
College Rowan University 
Program Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA 
Class of 2023

Hello, prospective students! I am in the master's in clinical mental health counseling program, General Track at William James College, graduating in 2023.

I am originally from New Jersey and moved to Massachusetts a few years ago. I attended Rowan University many years ago where I received a BA in psychology. My 30 + year professional background was in Corporate Human Resources. I made the decision to change careers to Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I chose WJC not only because of its strong mission of promoting inclusion and social justice, but also for how open and welcoming everyone was during the admissions process. I truly felt valued and encouraged. Returning to school after 30 years was quite intimidating, but WJC provides such support and genuine caring about their students. I am impressed with the quality of the curriculum and faculty here. I am experiencing firsthand how the curriculum is practically applied in my field placement.

I started at WJC in the spring of 2020, and I am a strong proponent of the January start/2.5 year track for completing this degree. Starting in January gave me ample time to find my footing in an academic setting without the additional pressure of a field placement. I also had time to find a field placement that fit my interests and location.

While my first two semesters took place via ZOOM, that did not deter the strong relationships I developed with my fellow students and faculty. The small class sizes whether via ZOOM or in person foster a sense of collaboration and engagement. I also take advantage of the many professional development opportunities that WJC offers.

I am so pleased with my selection of William James for my graduate program. If you have any questions about WJC, my path, or anything at all, please feel free to reach out.