Carla van Heerden

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Anticipated graduation year: 2012

Major: M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Hometown: Durban, South Africa

Whitworth activities: Whitworth Literacy Center Volunteer

Favorite book: Beach Music, by Pat Conroy. The book is set in Rome, which is a city I would absolutely LOVE to visit one day. Plus, Conroy added a few dysfunctional souls to this story which intrigues the counselor in me!

Favorite food: I love all food and any food. It's a curse really.

Favorite quote: "In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure." –Bill Cosby

Favorite thing about Whitworth: Whitworth's community is an incredibly giving community with such great values. Whitworth has a way of fostering these great values in each and every one of the students who attend this beautiful university.

Favorite professor: They are all my favorite! The lecturers that I have come into contact with not only in my program, but other programs too, have stretched me and helped me reach my full potential. I am truly grateful for each and every one of them.

Favorite thing about Spokane: Definitely the changes in weather and the very apparent four seasons. I was once told, "If you don't like the weather in Spokane, just wait five minutes." Too true.

Why I chose to attend Whitworth: I am asked this question more frequently than any other question so it's best I answer it! To cut a very long story short, Damon Buck visited this campus whilst at a YoungLife camp and loved it so much, he stayed. Rory, his brother/my boyfriend and I heard all about Whitworth and its great community half-way across the world and decided we would come too.

Advice for incoming students: The advice I would give any incoming student is to give it your best shot! Get involved, work extremely hard and play even harder. University is the time of your life and if you manage to strike that balance between work and play, you won't ever look back!

How Whitworth is preparing me for my career: As a counselor-to-be, I need to learn how to create boundaries and how to take good care of myself so that I can keep a smile on my dial. In all the classes that I have had to date, we have not missed any opportunity to speak about self-care within this profession. Although the average counselor quits after three years, I believe I will go on for much longer thanks to my Whitworth education.

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