First I would like to thank everyone on this forum for your help in the past. As the tick is ticking for college apps I still sit on the fence in regards to what would be best suited for me. My dream job would be to counsel and advise students at the college level in both academic and mental health problems. I love student orientations and helping students discover themselves. I also love teaching (I taught design courses part time) so I would like to be able to teach basic 101 courses in the future as well. This has left me thinking that it would be best to get a master's degree in counseling and getting a certificate in student affairs. Below is the student affairs certificate. http://www.pdx.edu/elp/sahe.html Do you feel having both of these would give me the best options in being both a counselor and yet still being able to obtain a job in a university setting? I personally find the majority of student affair courses through a normal program not to be my cup of tea, they seem to be watered down admin courses/legal for the most part, while I would like to focus on career/new student programs/conflict/grades/courses. I also posted this in a student affairs forum however I feel it is important to hear from counselors and social workers their thoughts as well. I also like the freedom as a counselor to be able to work in a variety of settings and with different types of problems people might have. Many thanks.