Meet Tristan Bartsch, MSMHC’21
Tristan (she/her/hers) is a full-time student in the MS in Mental Health Counseling (MSMHC) program. She graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and is originally from New Haven, VT, although she’s lived in Boston, MA for about eight years now. Below, you’ll find additional information about Tristan’s experience in the MHC program.
Tristan, was there a moment during the process of applying to graduate school you knew Suffolk was the right program for you?
During my interview at Suffolk I was struck by the kindness of the faculty and was surprised (in a good way!) by the almost laid-back nature they all embodied. They made me feel more at ease about returning to school after several years. Though I didn’t doubt it would be tough, I felt a warm and welcoming acceptance for all people from all places and all backgrounds. Prior to the interview I wondered, would I be rusty? How would I fit in with the rest of my cohort? I believe the MHC program faculty artfully uphold program rigor while respecting the challenges of what it means to be an adult working full-time in graduate school. This balance is one that I have valued greatly throughout my time at Suffolk.
You’ve mentioned faculty members that teach in the MHC program. Would you mind speaking more about the faculty and the mentorship you’ve received?
Dr. Medvide has been a wonderful support during my time at Suffolk. I sought her help often during office hours my first two semesters, and she played a major role in helping me prepare for the internship application process. I have always felt welcomed by all MHC faculty but feel that Dr. Medvide truly went out of her way to make herself available to me (and my peers) as a mentor and role model. Dr. Medvide cares deeply about the success of her students and works especially hard to help us reach our goals. I really appreciate her leadership and encouragement.
I would also say that Dr. Smolinsky has played an instrumental role in the development of my clinical skills and identity as a counselor. Dr. Smolinsky constantly challenges me to look at the world in new ways, and I appreciate his emphasis on community and connectedness as essential aspects of mental wellness. I believe these concepts are relevant in our current world more than ever!