Mason Her, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

Mason HerCan you share a little about your background and what brought you to UW–Madison?

I am a 22 year old, Hmong American male from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, raised by two Hmong refugee parents. I am a student of color and first-generation college student. As a PEOPLE Scholar, I was brought to UW–Madison with the support of the PEOPLE program and took the opportunity and challenge to pursue higher education and find my identity in the real world.

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

I am looking forward to graduate school. I am so excited to learn and gain new experiences that will connect me to so many new people in the world and open new perspectives/opportunities for me in life.

"I was brought to UW–Madison with the support of the PEOPLE program and took the opportunity and challenge to pursue higher education and find my identity in the real world. "

How do you feel going into fall semester?

I feel quite anxious. With the pandemic going on, I am excited yet afraid to see what fall has to offer me. I’m quite confused on how I feel about entering Fall 2020, but I will make sure to take on full resources to gain the best experience.

What will your focus be this semester?

My focus will be growing as an individual through my studies, involvement in my community, and connecting with others around campus. This can be growing professionally, intellectually, socially, or mentally. I really want to be able to create new paths and opportunities for myself.

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

I plan to stay connected with my friends, classmates, and professors this fall through video calls and emails, hoping that on some occasions I can meet them in person with safety precautions.

"My career plans after graduation are essentially to obtain my licensure as a professional counselor and open my own clinic specialized in substance and alcohol abuse/career counseling for the Hmong community."

What are your career plans after graduation?

My career plans after graduation are essentially to obtain my licensure as a professional counselor and open my own clinic specialized in substance and alcohol abuse / career counseling for the Hmong community. I do have interest in pursuing a doctorate degree in counseling psychology as well.

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

My hobbies or interests outside of school and work involve being outside. I love to play tennis, basketball, and volleyball competitively. In addition, I enjoy hiking, sight-seeing, and biking on trails. While indoors, I have attempted to start on my vlog project and play my Hmong instrument, Qeej.

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