Brooke Villella, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

Brooke VilellaCan you share a little about your background and what brought you to UW–Madison?

I was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin; however, I have been living in Madison since 2014. I originally submitted my undergraduate application for engineering. After a few semesters and leaving for basic training/job training for the military, I came back with a better understanding of what I wanted to do. I quickly changed my major to rehab psych/special education in the hopes of helping people through a mental health field, after dealing with a loss of a very special person to me. As I continued on with my education in undergrad, I found a different voice to explain how there is a disconnect in mental health services within the military. I enrolled in the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program here, because it will give me many avenues in which to help my community.

"I enrolled in the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program here, because it will give me many avenues in which to help my community."

What are you most looking forward to at UW–Madison?

I am looking forward to diving deeper into my passions and getting some hands-on technique for counseling.

How do you feel going into fall semester?

I feel excited going into the fall semester. This will be my first semester as a graduate student, which I never thought I would be able to say.

What will your focus be this semester?

My focus this semester (aside from academics) is to create a backbone of support. I hope to create great working relationships with the professors as well as my new cohort!

How do you plan to stay connected with your friends, classmates, and professors this fall?

As of now, most of my classes are set to be in person with a synchronous option. I hope things are able to stay that way! If not, I hope to have some study groups or possibly coffee hours/online game nights to make some great connections with the rest of my cohort.

"A long term goal is to create a rehabilitation center that focuses on all aspects of mind and body for military members and their families."

What are your career plans after graduation?

As of now I hope to receive my LPC and work either for the military or with clients that are veterans. A long term goal is to create a rehabilitation center that focuses on all aspects of mind and body for military members and their families.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of school and work?

Most of what I do revolves around being outside with my dog and my partner. I love to hike, fish, kayak, or just be in the water.

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