What made you decide to enroll in the Social Work department here at UNH?
I’m currently a senior in the social work department here at UNH. I’ve only been a student here for two years. When I graduated high school in 2012, I wanted to be a hairdresser. However, after shadowing my aunt in her social work position, and frankly not having the natural hairdresser skills, I knew I wanted to work with people. Then began the start of my education at NHTI where I completed my Human Services Associate degree with a focus on mental health. Then I transferred to the UNH and the Social Work department. I had gone to the UNH campus many times to visit friends so I already loved the campus. The process was great and I’m very happy with my decision to attend UNH.
Describe your most memorable experience in the department:
After entering the Social Work Department, I joined the Student Organization of Social Work (S.O.S.W.) and was elected treasurer. This same year, I was also inducted in the Social Work Honor Society (Phi Alpha). I quickly fell in love with these organizations and the people in them. This year I was elected President of S.O.S.W. and Vice President of Phi Alpha. My most memorable experience in this department was watching my follow members dedication and passion towards the social work mission.
What are your plans after graduation?
I’m hoping to obtain the family violence prevention specialist position at the YWCA in Manchester NH, where I’ve been interning this past year. After working for a year I would like to get my MSW and eventually I would like to work my way up to a victim witness advocate position with the Homeland Security or FBI victim assistance program.
What are some of your favorite aspects of the program?
My favorite aspect of the social work program is the internship opportunities. I came into this program with a set goal to work with veterans, although the wellbeing of veterans is still a passion of mine, I’ve changed my career path. I was placed at the YWCA, a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center, in Manchester NH. I was originally disappointed in this placement but quickly realized being a victim advocate was truly my niche. The experience and skill’s I’ve learned from my placement was life changing.
Describe why you would recommend UNH to potential students.
I have loved UNH since the day I came to visit my friends during their freshmen year here. Transferring to UNH as a junior was very intimidating and I wasn’t sure how I was going to “jump in” to a community that had already been together for two years. The social work department made a big effort to get the transfer students together and find out what our concerns were and what we wanted from UNH. The other students were really welcoming and made me feel like I was with them since the beginning. The opportunities at UNH are endless!