Each year, faculty in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) come together to select an outstanding student in their program to receive the honor of being named as their program award winner. Students selected for this award embody the very best of their program: they excel in their studies; they demonstrate leadership in classes and internships; and they have a genuine and tenacious passion for their discipline.
This year, faculty in Counseling and Development have selected Caitlyn Largent as their Outstanding Student in Counseling and Development (Community Agency Counseling). Congratulations, Caitlyn!
Q & A with Outstanding Student in Counseling and Development, Caitlyn Largent:
What academic accomplishment are most proud of?
Balancing work, academics, and my practicum/internship. It was an exhausting year, but I am very grateful for my support system and all that I learned.
What organizations/affiliations have you been involved with while at Mason?
I served on the Chi Sigma Iota Leadership Team and worked as a grad student for the Student Support and Advocacy Center.
What are your plans after graduation?
I am currently working as the Advocacy Specialist at George Washington University and pursuing licensure in DC. I am planning to stay in Higher Education!
What is your favorite memory in CEHD or your favorite part of being a CEHD student?
My favorite part of being a CEHD student is the community I built during my time at Mason. I moved to Virginia from Ohio for this program, and it was a big transition for me. Some of the people I met through being a CEHD student have become some of my closest friends and biggest supporters. I am very lucky to have them in my life!
What advice do you have for fellow CEHD students (especially those that are not graduating yet)?
Most importantly, reach out to your resources. Mason has some amazing resources on their campuses that are available to students for free. The Student Support and Advocacy Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education & LGBTQ+ Resources, the list goes on! You’re not alone in any of this, there are people there to support you. Also, take advantage of the opportunities available to you as a CEHD student. I was able to connect with a lot of really amazing people and discovered passions I wouldn’t have known I had otherwise because I was always looking for ways to get involved and learn more.