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Dallas Therapist Sought Higher Education To Follow Her Dreams Of Becoming A Writer

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Christina Steinorth-Powell always wanted to write self-help books and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in writing from California State University – Northridge.

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She worked as an administrative assistant and tried writing on the side but realized that if she wanted to become a writer, she would need to have the education and credentials to back her dream.

While she had a bachelor’s degree, which allowed her to write, it did not allow her to write at the level and genre she wanted to. “I think an advanced degree gives you the mobility to do what want you want to do and where you want to do it,” she said.

She decided to go back to school and earned a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute in California.

“I was licensed in California and married a Texan and moved to Richardson. My master’s degree afforded me the ability to move without taking additional coursework and I was able to be licensed to practice in Texas,” said Steinorth-Powell.

“Having the master’s degree makes you more marketable. I have the credentials, the schooling and the experience to write a book that empowers the readers to make positive changes in their life.”

Because of her master’s degree, she has published her first book “Cue Cards For Life – Thoughtful Tips for Better Relationships.”

“The most important thing about education is that once you have it, nobody can take it away from you. When it comes to going back to school, don’t wait. Just do it. One day will slip into the next and before you know it, five or 10 years have slipped by. Everybody who waits to go to school always says they wish they had done it earlier. Yes, it is hard work, yes, it is expensive, yes, it is exhausting, but in the end it is completely worth it. I have never met anybody who has said they regretted getting a master’s degree,” said Steinorth-Powell.

Robin D. Everson is a native Chicagoan who resides in Dallas, Texas. Her appreciation for art, food, wine, people and places has helped her become a well-respected journalist. A life-long lover of education, Robin seeks to learn and enlighten others about culture. You can find her work at Examiner.com 

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