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An Inspiring Beta Chapter Leadership Spotlight: Mercedes Machado

Posted By Lacey M. Zarlengo, Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hi Counselors!

As I am writing this, I am reminded that this is my last year in the program and my last year as a part of Beta Chapter. Though I know that it will be difficult to say good-bye, I find joy and comfort reflecting on what Beta chapter has meant to me. It seems like just yesterday I was being initiated alongside an amazing group of counselor educators—many of which have become my closest and dearest friends. Last Spring, I decided to re-run for the Treasurer position, because I found myself wanting to give more to Beta Chapter and wanting to enhance my connections with the Counselor Ed community. I feel honored to be voted as Treasurer for a second consecutive year, and even more so, I feel touched to be trusted in this capacity. Beta Chapter has been my family away from home. When I got to a CSI meeting, I find that my spirits are often lifted as I interact with some of the most inspirational and hardworking people I have ever met. This family has been there for me to share in my sorrow throughout trying times and to celebrate with me during joyful ones.

Our past president, Melanie Varney, and our current president, Sarah Nadler, have worked tirelessly for the betterment of our chapter, and their dedication and passion is truly admirable. This year, I hope to work together with the fundraising committee to create fun and innovative fundraising activities, and to continue to promote our new Counselor Ed shirts, which has our most successful fundraiser yet. I am so thankful for Lauren Sandler and Morgan Seiler for creating two wonderful winning designs, and I am forever in debt to my best friend and hero, Jacob MacGibbon, for the endless amount of time, energy and heart that he has dedicated to this project. These T- shirts have allowed our UF Counselor Ed community to feel more cohesive and more connected to one another.

This academic year, I am completing my internship at UF’s Counseling and Wellness Center. My experience thus far has been challenging and delightful. I feel blessed to be able to serve college students, many of which are the first in their families to take the leap of faith to pursue higher education. My clients challenge me, inspire me, and teach me more than they will ever know. My supervisors continue to touch my life, and help me grow personally and professionally. Come May, I will have to say farewell to amazing friends, supervisors, and an incredible CSI Beta Chapter family. I know it won’t be easy, but I look forward to the many “hellos”, memories and celebrations that are yet to come.

By: Mercedes Machado

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