Where are you from? I've lived in mainly two places: New Hampshire when I was a child, and then Hong Kong starting at age 16. When did you get your degree? I got my master's in addiction counseling in Center City in 2007. I was afraid I'd really struggle with the cold weather and small town, but I absolutely loved it! What did you do after you graduated? Resources for substance abuse disorders were scarce in Asia, so I returned to Hong Kong where I could have a bigger impact. Over the next eight years, I did a bit of everything: residential treatment counseling, outpatient counseling and private practice. What is your current position? I moved back to the States for greater professional opportunities. I've been an addiction counselor on one of the women's units at the Betty Ford Center for a little over a year. What do you think was the most valuable feature of your graduate school education? The practical experience. We worked 900 hours on the units, which means you get to experience just about everything. The other schools I looked at didn't have anything like that. What do you enjoy doing when you're not working? California is such a beautiful place—I love getting outside and exploring. And it's been fun to cook in a U.S.-sized kitchen again—the kitchens in Hong Kong are tiny! Anything else you'd like our readers to know? I was so lucky to receive a scholarship from an anonymous donor for my graduate school education. I hope the donor knows how grateful I am!