The following is an interview between me and (Name of Clergy) who is a work at (College/ Church) serving at the position of (position of clergy). He has been serving for (number of years). (Clergy’s name) and I have known each other professionally for my whole college period and his incredible pieces of advice have since helped me academically and socially.
- What inspired you to be a clergy?
I believe that my inspiration was due to a calling from God. I was brought up in a Christian family whereby my parents brought me up by the word of God. They always ensured that I attended Sunday school in my early childhood. I enjoyed being in church, worshipping and taking part in church services. One night, at the age of 12 years, God appeared to me in a dream and called on me to serve him. I only heard his voice calling on me saying that I was the righteous person to serve him. That was the turning point of my life. Since then I decided to dedicate myself to serve God by being a clergy.
- What do you find interesting about being clergy in the school?
Actually, I am interested in interacting with students. I enjoy the company of young people and share ideas and as well get to advise them like their parents. Another interesting thing about this opportunity is that students understand things faster and that makes it easier in teaching them on spiritual needs.
- For how long do you prefer your sermon to take?
Students tend to get bored and lose concentration in long sermons; therefore, I prefer making my sermons shot and quick. My intention is to get the students to get the message from my sermons as well as save time since the school’s schedule is quite tight.
- With regards to the past history of the school, a number of cases of students being morally misguided and incidences of indiscipline have been rampant in the school. What probable efforts will you take to address this issue?
I think that a lot has to be done to bring up these students morally. It is upon my duty ensuring that I conduct regular talks and lectures to these students to teach them about their moral needs and how to behave. I will also avail myself and be available to students when they require my guidance.
- Do you sometimes face students who are indifferent to religion?
Yes, I do. Some students do not believe in God and tend to question the existence of God.
The following is an interview between me and (Name of Counselor) who is a works at (College) serving at the position of (position of counselor). He has been serving for (number of years). (Counselor name) and I have known each other professionally for my whole college period and his incredible pieces of advice have since helped me academically and socially.
- Was counseling your dream? What motivated you to be a counselor?
I majored in psychology in my undergraduate at the university, with a view to undertaking neuroscience research. Later on, it vouchsafed on me that I needed interpersonal interaction more often, which research would not allow. I then began contemplating other careers and chose to be a counselor. In my internship, my close friend was depressed. I dedicated my time to helping her and arduous as it were, she managed to overcome. She urged me to be a counselor and the need to help students with similar problems came calling!
• What can you say is the main role of a counselor?
The roles are varied, but I would say the primary role is being a social and emotional educator to the student, working to produce well-rounded students both in academics and social life and also inspire those students who are struggling by being their confidants.
• What frequency do you receive students or provide services to them?
The work of a counselor is two-fold; proactive and reactive. The proactive role entails teaching classes, running groups of students, working with stakeholders like parents, engaging in special programs such as peer mediation and participation in teams established to support students. The reactive role comprises meeting students individually for counseling, engaging with teachers who could be having issues with students or handling student crisis situations. Therefore, the frequency of service provision varies over time since emergency situations could come up.
• So how can you classify the needs of students?
Different students have different needs at different times in their studies. The needs of juniors might not be exactly the same as that of the sophomores, and so forth. However, there are needs that cut across and they include; career direction guidance, self-identity, and autonomy, balance e between social and academic lives, dealing with family dynamics, guidance on drug and substance abuse. Acceptance and management of depression, managing eating disorders, engagement and choice of relationships, mental illness and managing attitude and moods are the other needs we look into. The rest of the needs could be more specialized and require further referrals to higher authorities.
• What challenges do you face as a college counselor?
Some students may not open up about their problems, lack of collaboration from stakeholders, the ever-increasing needs of students versus a small number of counselors, and some of the students may not implement the measures we advise them on.