When I Chose to Become a Counsellor ‘Unexpected emotions will never die, they are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways’- Sigmund Freud The days spent in college seems to be the best of all. All because it was the time spent with friends, teachers by the side who would teach, correct and guide us all throughout. But now, the days of childhood and fun seems to be over. It appears like there is no room for mistakes or for immature decisions to take place. As a school counsellor, I am looked upon to solve the client's concerns. It almost appears like I have a magic wand and spells to break off all fear, anxiousness, sadness, troubles, queries and all that they come with. Unfortunately little do they know that their expectations put me in more trouble, since I know that I am placed at a magical chair with so-called superficial power to solve all the concerns of the students, which once upon a time I too had undergone similar trouble and pain, disliked subjects and faced failure just the way they do now. And today here I am to help them overcome their agitation and concerns. I also come across laughter filled in the room fill the tear that makes another client feel that there is no hope for a smile in their lives. However all, in turn, it turns out to be a driving force to equip me as a better counsellor. The student who appears to be the strongest also could be the one with secrets deep down in life that has entirely changed his/her world. The only hope they think they have now is the one sitting in front of them - the counsellor. It reminds me of the quote 'For each client you see, you may be the only person in their life capable of hearing and holding their pain'. If that isn’t scary, I don’t know what is. I am delighted to take this profession of a counselling psychologist as it is a means to serve the society in my own way. Here I am today even bolder and so much stronger. All credit for this goes to my family, friends and my Alma mater, School of Social Work Roshni Nilaya. It is indeed a home away from home. Children may go away from home to grow and flourish but the roots from where they began remain intact and so is mine. I can't stop thanking my lecturers enough for moulding me and making me what I am today. Once you step into Roshni Nilaya, mark my words there's no other college one can ever think of. I may keep moving, opening new doors of opportunities and doing new things that keep leading me down a new path but the love for my Alma mater is a path that will never be forgotten. 'Experience is the best teacher but having you as my teacher is the best experience'. I may not say it always but I mean it whenever I say it. Thank you, teachers, for all the things you have done for me. Thank you for helping me grow. By Jennifer Carlo Counsellor/ psychologist (In above article, the author has shared her experience and thanks her Alma mater for helping her build her career in the field of counselling) About the Author: Jennifer Carlo is a budding counsellor, psychologist with good counselling skills and a friendly approach. She has completed her MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (PGDHRM) from School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, Mangaluru. She presently works as a school counsellor for Agnes High School, Lady Hill High School and St Ann's PU College in Mangaluru. With her counselling skills, she helps and guides many kids, students and youngsters to come out from their fear and to build confidence.