Adam Freas is an aspiring fellow. While researching and writing his doctorate in Educational Leadership at University of the Pacific (UOP), the energetic Freas is also an EOPS counselor and instructor at Sacramento City College (SCC). Freas also works to provide customized academic, career, and community event planning services through his non-profit, Low End Theory Collaborative [LETC].
“However,” he points out, “at the end of the day, I am a father of two.”
Freas’ education features both a B.A. in communications [Media Emphasis] and an M.S. in counseling from Sacramento State University (CSUS).
No stranger to capturing the diversity of society, Freas reflects that, “From Florida to California, I have been blessed to grow up in a wide spectrum of culture that played a fundamental role in my connection to hip-hop culture.” Freas now incorporates this into his creative experiential sessions and events.
What are your thoughts on what it takes to be successful in the field of counseling?
“Success in counseling comes down to purpose, interest and passion. To truly be an agent of change, you need to be authentic in your practice and have a true connection to the purpose. It is important to continually work at your own personal development and to be open to learning from those who you aim to help.”
What advice can you offer others entering the field of psychology and/or social sciences?
“Entering the social sciences starts with your heart and ends with your work. I am a strong believer in experiential learning. I would advise anyone interested in pursuing this career direction to get out and sample the spectrum of opportunities to find your true fit and calling. It is important to recognize the skills and interests you have to infuse them into whatever you plan on doing in your future endeavors.”
“If I may quote the famous Brooklyn emcee Big Daddy Kane, ‘ain’t no half steppin.’ This means, that when you find your direction, you must go all in and give your heart and soul to truly understand the power of the opportunity.”
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