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Student Profile: Randall Lang, Master’s in Guidance and Counseling
One of many successful students in City University of Seattle’s Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling program, Randall Lang graciously took some time out of his schedule before he graduates this year to discuss what brought him to CityU, and his experience so far in his program.
City University of Seattle (CU): Tell us a little bit more about yourself!
Randall Lang (RL): My first name is Randal but I go by Randy. I live in Vancouver, Washington and I’ve been attending CityU’s Vancouver campus. I’m a 47-year-old father of 2, and a grandfather of 1 (with another on the way). My older son is a 24-year-old corporal in the U.S. Marine’s Intelligence Division, and my younger son is in the second grade.
My wife has been a 6th grade science teacher for 13 years. Honestly, one of my incentives for entering the field of education is so that we have similar schedules, allowing us to do more things as a family.
CU: What’s your background?
RL: I’ve had many different jobs within the fields of construction, production, and sales. I most recently served as a floor supervisor for the production and shipping crew of a company in Vancouver that makes wakeboard towers and fishing arches for different types of boats. I’ve reached a point in my life where I feel that it is a much more worthwhile venture to help build people instead of things.
CU: What led you to enroll at CityU?
RL: I desire a career that provides a meaningful contribution to my community. I personally feel that the best way that I can give back to my community is to invest in our future generation. I chose the career path of a school counselor as a means to achieve this goal. The class schedule at CityU allowed me to continue working, while pursuing my degree, which was a necessity in order to be able to participate in the program.
CU: What’s your experience at CityU been like so far?
RL: I have had a very good experience with CityU. The combination of instruction and interning has me feeling very prepared for the career that I am about to enter.
CU: Was your degree something you felt you needed to obtain in order to take a professional step forward?
RL: I definitely felt that I needed a degree to advance professionally. More importantly, I knew that I needed the knowledge and experience that the pursuit of the degree would provide for my personal growth.
CU: What do you envision is going to be your biggest challenge after graduation? How are you planning on addressing those challenges?
RL: There aren’t many job opportunities that open annually, so I feel that the biggest challenge will be to get started in my new career. However, I feel confident that I will overcome this obstacle because I plan on being diligent in my job seeking efforts, highlighting the skills I have acquired due to the quality program that CityU provides.
CU: Any advice for future graduates who might be traveling the same path you are?
RL: Set reasonable goals and take one step at a time. A new student in the program should exercise good time management and try to stay slightly ahead of the course work. The program actually seems to have finished very quickly. I feel like I was just thinking about enrolling in this program and now it is already over.
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