Student Profiles


Amber Samuels

My name is Amber Samuels and I am a second-year graduate student in Radford University's Counselor Education Department. I am currently a Master of Science candidate working towards earning my degree in Counseling and Human Development with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health. My counseling interests include mood disorders, substance abuse, and death anxiety. In addition, I chose the counseling program at Radford University because of its welcoming and supportive faculty and its CACREP accreditation. I am grateful for the number of experiences the program has afforded me, which range from the opportunity to study things that I love to the quality connections I have established with faculty, staff and my peers.

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Antonio Bolden

I am Antonio Bolden, a student in Radford University's Counselor Education Program. My areas of interest are working with athletes, veterans, incarcerated men, college students, and addictions. I chose Radford University because of the small location. This allows me the opportunity to effectively communicate with my professors. When I arrived at Radford, I received exactly what I was looking for; professors that were open, accessible, and easy to talk with. Just as important, as an African-American man, I did not feel isolated at Radford. The overall diversity at Radford has increased over the years and the professors have done a great job including a wide perspective of viewpoints in the counseling program. My overall experience in Radford University's counseling program has been superb. I am grateful for my opportunity to attend Radford and highly recommend Radford's counseling program. 

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Kaitlyn Rochelle

Hi, I’m Kaitlyn Rochelle. Currently, I am a second year student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. My interests revolve around counseling the elderly, specifically the terminally-ill in a hospice setting. I chose Radford because it was smaller, so I knew there would be a lot to gain from the one-on-one attention that is available here from the professors. I also felt right at home with the warm and welcoming environment of the students and faculty on campus, especially in the Counselor Education Department. So far in the program, I have been adequately challenged not only academically, but personally as well. I am growing into a better counselor, while simultaneously becoming a better, more-rounded person. Here, I am gaining the tools I need to be successful in my future career as a professional counselor. I couldn't have asked for a better fitting program to help me reach my goals.

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Alex Jones

My name is Alex Jones and I am currently a student in the Professional School Counseling program here at Radford University. In the past few years I have developed a strong interest in working with children, especially those that are struggling with various personal, social, and academic challenges in the school setting. I chose to apply to Radford University for graduate school after exploring the Professional School Counseling program website. The focus on individualized clinical training and application of theory to school practice made the decision a clear one for me. Through my work with school workshop facilitation, community prevention education, and behavioral and crisis management, I chose to pursue professional school counseling to further develop my skills in individual and group facilitation.

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Laura Gilbertson

Hi! I am Laura Gilbertson! I have a BS in Psychology from Central Michigan University, and now I'm a graduate student in the Professional School Counseling program here at Radford University. Choosing to come to Radford might be a different experience for me than for most people. Because I lived out of state, I was not able to visit the campus and the town of Radford. Relying on RU’s website and program information, Radford seemed to have a warmer, more comforting vibe. I can honestly say I chose Radford because I had a gut feeling. Our Professional School Counseling program truly cares about the well-being and education of its students. Professors will go out of their way to ensure you are getting the best education possible. I don't think I could have this same experience at any other university!