2017 Spring Graduates Stories

Sivan Adato

MA '17, School Counseling 

Making sure I bring a sense of equality with me in every interaction I have with my clients is how I plan to change the world from here.

Growing up, family and friends told Sivan Adato MA '17 she made them feel comfortable and safe. She became a kind of refuge, an ear when they needed someone to listen. While she pursued a career as a classical musician, she began to wonder whether she’d be happier following a path where she could simply “listen to people, and value them.” Her curiosity led her to USF’s School Counseling program.

What’s your favorite USF memory?
It’s more a group of memories. Getting your master’s in counseling can be an intense process, and you spend two years learning from, bonding with, and supporting the people who are tackling the same new and intense roles as you are. So, the relationships I built in the program are definitely my favorite memory.

What are your plans after graduation?
I will finish out my current position as the full-time middle school counselor at Civic Center Secondary School in May. In August, I’ll begin my new role as a mental health clinician at A Better Way, a community mental health agency here in San Francisco.

How do you want to change the world from here?
I want to bring the idea that each and every person has intrinsic value and worth to my practice as a mental health clinician. Making sure I bring a sense of equality with me in every interaction I have with my clients is how I plan to change the world from here.

 What’s your best advice to incoming USF students?
My best advice is to be open, be humble, and use the entire process as a learning experience — because there is always something to learn, inside the classroom and out. Lean on the peers in your program, because it will get intense and overwhelming and it is so helpful to be able to share your experience with and be supported by your community.