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University of Wisconsin alum pursues counseling degree at HU
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"I prayed about my strengths and knew I wanted to attend a Christian graduate program, and God showed me my strength might lie in counseling.”

Not long ago, Patrick Rohr sat on the University of Wisconsin campus awaiting the arrival of graduation. Now Rohr nearing the end of his time in Huntington University’s Graduate Counseling program.

After completing a public communications degree in his undergraduate work in the spring of 2010, Rohr realized he wanted to pursue a different career field—counseling.

“I enjoyed the interpersonal aspect of communication,” Rohr said of his undergraduate studies. “I like learning why people communicate the way they do. I prayed about my strengths and knew I wanted to attend a Christian graduate program, and God showed me my strength might lie in counseling.”

On top of pursuing his studies, Rohr worked for a year as a graduate assistant in the graduate school. His responsibilities included recruiting and marketing the graduate programs offered by Huntington University.

“Getting used to the higher education field and how universities operate proved to be the biggest challenge,” Rohr says. “I used the university’s database to track how far along prospective students were in the recruitment process. For example, I marked whether they had been called or sent certain materials.”

After searching for Christian graduate schools with counseling programs, Huntington University appeared as the top hit on Google.

“From what I saw on the university’s website, Huntington became the forerunner for me,” Rohr says. “I came to the graduate school open house day and met the professors. All of them seemed friendly and highly qualified in their field.”
After living and studying for four years at a large state university, Rohr appreciates the feeling of importance and the personal attention he receives from his professors.

“You sometimes get lost at a large university,” Rohr says. “At Huntington, I feel valued as a student, which I find important in the counseling field. I enjoy having that strong interpersonal connection with my professors and classmates.”

Rohr recognizes the influence of Huntington’s program on his faith.

“We open class in prayer, pray for each other, and integrate Christian values to the discussions,” says Rohr. “The openness of faith integrated in my classes is refreshing.”