Christie Chorbajian is a family therapist currently residing in Maryland. After completing her undergrad at the University of Maryland, Christie ventured up north to pursue her master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Having graduated only a year ago, Christie has experienced the harsh and fruitful experiences of life after graduation.
What is your age?
What makes you an accomplished graduate?
- I graduated on time, had a good experience in my program and field of study, and I maintained good relationships with my teachers after graduating which was important to me since I moved out of state after graduating. Although it seemed like it took a long time, I was able to start a job in my field of study only two months after graduating.
Are you in, or have you gone to college? If so, when did you graduate or what is your expected graduation date?
- I graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in May of 2009 and from the University of Massachusetts Boston in June of 2012.
What is your area of study? If you are not enrolled in school, then what alternative did you take to put yourself on the road to accomplishing your dreams?
- I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Science from UMD and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from UMass.
What has been your biggest struggle in achieving your goals? How are you overcoming it?
- My biggest struggle is having patience. I overcome it by remembering that accomplishing big goals takes time, and by reminding myself that if I am doing everything in my conceivable power to accomplish the goal, then that is all I can ask of myself.
What inspires you?
- People who recognize they are in a tough spot (poor family relationships, substance abuse, or financial instability) but still have a good outlook on life. They know they’re in a tough spot but are doing the best they can and are proud of that.
What would you write about for the blog?
- I would write about the process of moving from Maryland to Boston for school, learning to live on my own and be more self-sufficient, how to balance work and play, and the process of moving back to Maryland, and back home with my parents after graduating.
Do you feel like you can inspire women in their 20′s and 30′s? If so how would you go about doing this?
- I can inspire women by connecting to the realistic experience we’ve all had during these transitions times. We all think we know how things are going to go and then we get there and it is completely different – there is great humor to be found in that! I can also inspire women by speaking candidly about my experience of “finding myself” for the first time in life and how I’m working to maintain my sense of self even though I’m now living back at home with much less space than I had while in graduate school.
Who does Lady Lennia represent to you?
- Lady Lennia represents someone who does things for herself, but can also reach out for help when needed. She is someone who tells it like it is, but also works to make it better. She is someone who doesn’t necessarily take herself too seriously and feels comfortable in her own skin and it comes across in how she interacts with everyone around her. She is someone who is smart, driven, and compassionate. She is me!
Why would you make a great Lady Lennia for the Graduate edition?
- I’d make a great Lady Lennia because I am the perfect balance between being absolutely fabulous, but perfectly realistic. I haven’t yet reached my year anniversary of graduating, so it is a time of reflection for me and most likely others who are reaching the same milestone – realizing another year has passed and another summer is coming that will not end in going back to school for many which is still a strange experience. I am someone who’s always cared about others and is a good listener (hello family therapist!) and works to really understand what people are going through so that I can give the best advice possible. Also, I am not one to shy away from sharing my experiences in ways that can, hopefully!, be helpful for others who might be struggling or need some reminder how fabulous they are!