Abby Kahl had a dream job in mind when she graduated from Anderson University in May. Today she's reaping the rewards of hard work and persistence in her role as a behavioral clinician at the Suzanne Gresham Center in Muncie, Ind. In this position, she works with clients ranging from ages 2 to 16 who have behavioral disabilities. Kahl's job requires extensive knowledge, and she says it's her AU experience that prepared her.
Although she is now working in the health care field, Kahl studied education and family science while at AU. "I wanted to serve others and have a personal relationship with my clients," said Kahl. She specifically chose family science as a major because of the emphasis on personal relationships. "I knew that, in the future, I would work one-on-one with clients and be able to help build relationships with them and their families."
Kahl said her time at AU has helped her excel in her new career. "The courses I took at AU were very valuable and there is not a day that goes by when I am not using something I learned from them," said Kahl. When asked who impacted her at AU, she gave credit to Dr. Leroy Quashie, associate professor of family science. "He was so knowledgeable about this field of study and was always available to help with homework, classes, or just to talk."
Kahl considers her job to be more than just a paycheck. "I love serving others in any way I can," said Kahl. "With my job, I am constantly pouring into my clients, and even though my job is challenging, that is what I enjoy."
As Kahl's advisor, Quashie got to know her on a personal level. "Something that stands out about Abby is that she is extremely thoughtful and compassionate, which are qualities needed for her field," said Quashie.
Even though Kahl's family science courses were not centered on counseling, they provided a foundation to move on to what she was passionate about. "I definitely want to give myself five years of experience where I am, but in the future, I plan on getting my master's in counseling if I still feel called to this area of study," said Kahl.
As for now, Kahl will continue her work with the children she sees on a regular basis. "They need me more than ever," said Kahl. "These children come from broken homes. From AU, I not only learned about the knowledge of my major, but I learned of the compassion of God, and that is what these children need."
— Katie Wenclewicz is a junior from Anderson, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in marketing. Wenclewicz is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.