Kristopher Claros '10
Job Title: Outpatient Therapist
Hometown: Miramar, Florida
Employer: Millenium Clinic and Chrysallis Health
My primary goal as a counselor is to assist my clients with re-entry and participation in every aspect of normal life. My secondary goal is to help them achieve and maintain abstinence from addictive chemicals and behaviors and to provide mental health counseling to children, adolescents, and/or families.
M.S. Addiction Counseling, Grand Canyon University
The Difference Purple Can Make
Compared to other universities, Mount Union’s difference was in the community – everyone knew one another. The school felt more personal, and the professors and administrators knew you both on and off campus. People who live in Alliance would see me with any kind of purple on and would always shout, “Go Raiders!” It made me feel like I was serving a purpose.
Too Many to Choose
Honestly, I have a few favorite professors. If I have to pick one, I would choose Dr. Kristine Turko. I loved the experiments we did in the course and the energy she brought to the classroom. Even when I was tired, I really enjoyed coming to that class, and she was very helpful.
The Entire Experience Makes the Whole
I was on the football and track and field teams, and I worked with the Dowling Mentor Program*. The program really helped me decide that I wanted to help others help themselves. I’m actually still in contact with my mentee to this day.
* The Dowling Mentor Program pairs Mount Union student mentors with middle and high school students in the Alliance area.
Life After Mount Union
Following graduation, I pursued a master’s degree in addiction counseling at Grand Canyon University. My education at Mount Union has prepared me for my career because I was able to explore different areas of study and become a more well-rounded thinker. I work with individuals who deal with the universal issues of drugs and mental illness. I am motivated to help not only those in my community, but those throughout the country.
I still keep in touch with friends from Mount even more than friends in my hometown. I love them dearly. We talk every other day if not everyday. I also still talk to some staff members and professors on social media.
A Proven Investment
My Mount Union education has been a great investment for me because of the professional networking. In addition, I have been exposed to, been able to learn from, and understand other cultures and walks of life. I also learned to be tolerant and give a listening ear when needed.
People who live in Alliance would see me with any kind of purple on and would always shout, “Go Raiders!” It made me feel like I was serving a purpose.