Marriage and Family Therapy MA

Sergio Lua

Sergio Lua, Marriage and Family Therapy MAProgram: Marriage & Family Therapy MA, San Francisco Campus
Hometown: Menlo Park, CA

Why did you choose USF?

It was a matter of choosing among several good MFT programs in the bay area. USF’s sense of community and the high levels of attentiveness and professionalism paid to me by the university staff attracted my interest. Very specifically, I appreciated the immediate responses I received from Donna Sellers every time I had a question or concern. Once in the program, I felt (and still feel) treated as more than a student, I felt treated as a family member.

What has been a highlight of your program or USF so far?

I admire the extensive experience and knowledge that each professor possesses. I continue to appreciate the immediate responses from faculty and staff when a concern or question is raised.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Learn about the wide of resources offer to students in the MFT program that are in addition to the standard course curriculum. USF offers to MFT students, resources such as workshops, conferences, and symposiums presented by mental health professionals. Consider the environment. USF has a rich diverse student body. Many of the students have experience in the mental health profession and are very open to sharing their perspectives. 
Do not think twice about joining this amazing institution where everyone truly cares about each other. I am confident that coming to this program at USF will definitely change your life as it changed mine. 

What is your favorite San Francisco (or Bay Area) restaurant?

My favorite restaurant in the bay area is "Kabul Afghan Cuisine" located in the city of San Carlos. I recommend their shrimp kabab entree.

Stephanie Amaya

Program: Marriage & Family Therapy MA
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
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Why USF?

USF gave me a flexible schedule with work. The Santa Rosa campus gave me convenience to work all week and go straight to school. I really liked how friendly the staff was at the open house that I attended and it made me feel welcomed and a part of the school before I had even applied. The way the program in Santa Rosa is run with a class at a time, although at a quick speed, I believe it is nice to focus on one subject at a time. This really drew me in because I am still working full time and making the most of my educational experience. The next piece that drew me to this was the cohort model and the support system that it would provide throughout the years.

What has been the highlight of your program thus far?

I have really enjoyed the faculty that is teaching our courses. They have been so insightful about the field that I am interested. They each have their own teaching style and have been able to answer questions about the subject we are learning with real life experiences. I also have loved my cohort. I feel very lucky at how close we have grown and how supportive everyone is with each other. This is a highlight because it is nice to have a support system through out the courses and knowing that you will continue these relationships through life. They will be my colleagues when we are graduated and will have great connection.

What advice for prospective students?

If they are contemplating it my advice would be to just go for it. To just turn in your application and get ready for the next chapter in their life. I will say to be prepared for the workload but know that as long as you can manage your time it is possible! A planner will be their best friend.

Favorite Bay Area Restaurant?

Mi Ranchito

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