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Meleny Arellano-Moran (She/Her)

MA in Clinical Counseling | Fresno Campus

Hometown: Strathmore CA

My name is Meleny Mercedes Arellano-Moran. I am a dedicated scholar pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling at Alliant International University, Fresno Campus. As a first-generation, first-born daughter, I embody the spirit of resilience and determination. My journey to higher education is a testament to my unwavering commitment to personal and academic growth. Driven by an insatiable passion to create mindfulness harmony, I am not just a student, but a compassionate advocate for mental well-being. I believe in the transformative power of counseling to help individuals navigate life’s challenges and find inner balance. In my pursuit of the MACC program, I aspire to become a beacon of support for others. I strive to bring positive change to the lives of those I encounter. Let’s explore life one moment at a time, while spreading positivity, capturing the memories, and embracing the beauty of simplicity.

Fun Fact: I have skydived over a volcano in Colima, Mexico.

Advice to first year students: Develop strong time management skills. Graduate programs can be demanding, and effective time management is crucial to balance coursework, research, and personal life. Begin to identify mentors among your professors, advisors, or senior students. They can provide guidance, support, and valuable insights into your field of study. Network with your peers and professors. Building relationships with fellow students and faculty members can open opportunities for collaboration and future career prospects. Graduate studies can be intense, but it's important to prioritize self-care, so make time for activities that relax and rejuvenate you to avoid burnout, which does not always happen as a graduate student, unfortunately. Familiarize yourself with the resources available on your campus. This includes libraries, research facilities, writing centers, and academic support services. Be prepared to adapt your plans as you learn and discover new interests within your field. It's common to feel like you don't belong or aren't good enough at times. Remember that many graduate students experience impostor syndrome. Seek support from peers and mentors when needed. Lastly, remember to maintain a positive attitude and resilience. Graduate school can be challenging, but a positive mindset can help you overcome obstacles.