Meet Denise Ndukwu

Denise Ndukwu
Graduate Student
Indiana University- South Bend

What drew you to get your graduate degree in the counseling field?
I began taking courses to earn a college counseling graduate certificate. Midway through the program I decided I wanted to provide more comprehensive services to students as a professional. I wanted to make sure that students were socially and emotionally prepared to college. I was also interested in the intersection between career interest and college readiness.

As a student member, why do you think it’s important to join NACAC?
There are many reasons to join NACAC. There is so much information that NACAC provides that is beneficial to students entering the profession. I have relied on information provided by NACAC throughout my counseling program. The textbook used in my college counseling course was a NACAC publication.

Depending on professional interest, there is bound to be an area of NACAC where students can get involved and make connections with professionals who share their interests. The landscape of college admission has changed drastically in the past several years. NACAC members learn about these changes firsthand. There is a lot of information and research and the advocacy that NACAC does on behalf of the counseling profession is important for students to be aware of because it will impact their work in this field. Also, attending conference in the early career stages is a great way to network and connect with people and organizations that work with students from around the world.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today?
Recent news headlines, accountability to students, and affordability of a college degree for families are the greatest challenges facing the profession today.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?
I would want to be Peter Pan because he could fly.

Describe yourself in five words.
Passionate, empathetic, creative, studious, and fun.

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