Students come to the Graduate School from all different walks of life—some from backgrounds of pain and struggle, and others from a place of compassion to heal others. Being an addiction counselor means something different to each person who passes through the halls of the Graduate School. Here, we share some of stories that inspire us, in the hope of inspiring you. Education as a Defining Moment - Ilissa Jones Growing up in Duluth, Minnesota, Ilissa Jones had a natural affinity for everything about the great outdoors. She also appreciated all aspects of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and following high school graduation, enrolled at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Over the next four years, she completed coursework and graduated with a double major in criminology and psychology—and was just shy three classes from finishing a triple major in sociology. "Early in my studies, I realized that I was interested in how drugs affect the mind, body and spirit," said Ilissa. "I have several close friends and family members who have been impacted by addiction, so it's always been a passion of mine to work in this field." Read more of Ilissa’s story. Read more alumni stories below.