University of Phoenix Reviews: Chante Pantilla — Master of Science in Counseling Degree

University of Phoenix alumna Chante Pantilla wanted to connect better and help people in her job as a counselor. She says, “I think the role of a counselor is to be the agent of change.” She felt her psychology degree was limiting. Her counseling degree from University of Phoenix helped her to fine tune her social skills. She sought the additional degree because she wanted to better understand people and, thus, be better able to help them.

She chose University of Phoenix because it was convenient. Working full time, she was limited in the time she could devote to earning her degree. The University of Phoenix schedule worked well with her job schedule. Pantilla also appreciated the depth of experience that her instructors brought to the classroom. She felt their stories from working in the field and in private practice added a new dimension and enhanced the classroom material.

Pantilla says she learned to be better socially from the University of Phoenix degree program. Having to present projects in front of people honed her social skills, something that serves her well as a counselor. She chose nursing as a career at a young age after nurses helped her deal with her fear when her father was going through cancer treatment. Seeing her father in a hospital bed surrounded by equipment was a scary thing, but the nurses took the time to explain it to her and knelt down to her level to make her feel included and less fearful. Today, Muir is a nursing supervisor in the hematology and oncology department at a major U.S. hospital. and his treatments left him hospitalized with lots of machines attached. It was a scary time for a young girl, but the nurses took the time to explain what was happening and talk to her at her level. They did a lot to help her to not be so afraid. Muir wanted to be able to do that for other families when she grew up.

Pantilla says her University of Phoenix degree gave her the skills she needs to “help people change their lives”.

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