- Class of2020
- ProgramClinical Professional Counseling
A passion for helping others led Giovanna to pursue a career in clinical psychology. “I have big-picture aspirations of eventually going back to Ghana to help raise awareness on mental health,” says the current student in Loyola’s Clinical Counseling Program whose family is originally from Ghana in West Africa. With plans to become a practicing clinician with a focus on multicultural communities, Giovanna says two of her professors from the program, Samantha Rukert, Psy.D., and Matthew Kirkhart, Ph.D., have made a lasting impact on her experience at Loyola. In particular, a course she took with Rukert gave her new perspectives on inclusion; she hopes to continue to study how diverse yet similar our identities are. She works as a graduate assistant in the office of ALANA Services on the Evergreen campus and as a part-time research assistant at a drug recovery agency. In her free time, Giovanna enjoys helping youth at her church, where she serves as president of the Methodist Girls Fellowship.
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The constant emphasis on reflection and focusing on the whole person have been a breath of fresh air, and I honestly enjoy observing the emphasis on the Jesuit values in my courses.