Passionate about advocating and providing support for children, Morgan Drake ’16 will pursue an M.S. in school counseling from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester in the fall.
“I’m very excited to start this new chapter and be one step closer to my career,” Drake says. “I’m grateful to my professors and the Colleges for providing me with an incredible education that makes me qualified to continue on next year.”
A double major in sociology and dance, and a double minor in child advocacy and arts and education, Drake says she looks forward to focusing her studies on a career in counseling. The Warner School’s two-year program will introduce Drake to the field through a wide range of theory and research courses, in addition to practicums and internships.
Drake says when she entered HWS she wanted to pursue a career working with children and her time at the Colleges helped refine her goals.
“A combination of courses in sociology, child advocacy, and education, as well as being a Resident Assistant and other life experiences helped me realize that counseling would be the best for me,” Drake explains. In particular, she says courses such as “Kids in Contention,” “Child Psychology,” “Children with Disabilities” and “Inequalities” inspired her to take action.
“I want to be a part in making sure children are being advocated for and have someone to turn to who will support them and their decisions,” she says.
Drake also fostered her passion for dance at the Colleges and plans to continue her experience with the many dance companies and performance opportunities available in the area. A Dance Arts Scholar, she served on the board of the Koshare Dance Collective and was a dancer and choreographer for Koshare and the Junior/Senior Choreographers’ Concert.
She also worked in the Office of Admissions and at Reunion and Commencement, and studied abroad in England, where she completed an internship with the Children’s Society in London. She interned with the Make-a-Wish-Foundation of Central New York during the summer before her junior year.