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Sherrod Fisher

2013, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

2016, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

South University, Richmond

“There’s no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.”

That kind of wisdom may be the reason that during his 21 years of service in the U.S. Navy, Sherrod Fisher says he was often the ‘go-to guy’ for fellow service members dealing with a personal problem or crisis.

“I eventually became interested in counseling due to the overwhelming need for military members to discuss their issues and problems, he explains. “During the later stages of my military career, I became the Human Goals Officer. During this assignment, I was responsible for advising the Commanding Officer on drug and alcohol related issues, family advocacy and the command managed equal opportunity program.”

When he left the military, Fisher wanted to continue his counseling career. So, he enrolled at South University and went on to earn both his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

“The subject matter simply ‘spoke to me’. When you find a subject you enjoy, you’re most likely to succeed in it. I found that the instructors in the Mental Health Counseling Program brought life to the subject and made it that much more interesting and inspiring, which in turn motivated me to continue,” Fisher recalls.

“South University made a lasting impression on me during my initial pursuit of my bachelors and master’s degrees. South University provided exceptional facilities and exceptional instructors and support staff.

“I use my education as a tool to empower others. The education I have received will always serve as a tool to empower and enrich the lives of others,” he says.

Fisher now works as a Resident in Counseling at Compass Counseling Services in Charlottesville, Virginia. There he works with high-risk families and children who home-based services and crisis intervention. He and his wife volunteer by leading a divorce counseling support group, and Fisher volunteers at a local community college where he helps veterans make the transition into the higher education classroom. Eventually, he would like to become a director of a counseling department and open a family-operated counseling firm specializing in marriage and family counseling.

Fisher has some no-nonsense advice for anyone thinking about pursuing higher education as a way to grow their potential.

“There is no substitute for hard work! No matter how you feel get up, get dressed. Show up to class and never give up. I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”

 

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