My time in the Messiah College Social Work Department, though brief, prepared me in more ways than I could have ever imagined in terms of my education, vocation, and faith. Messiah College and the faculty within the Social Work Department place great emphasis not only on being ethical, professional, and competent in all one does as a social worker, but also on the life of Jesus Christ and how we ought to follow His example of servitude, humility, and love in all that we do. Messiah College is where my journey began of finding how my values and passions of service and social justice fit with the empowerment and strengths focused lens of the social work profession. It was this great balance and integration of the rigorous coursework and faith development that prepared me to become a social worker.
After graduation from Messiah, I continued my education at the University of Michigan (credited as the #1 School of Social Work in the Nation) to pursue my MSW. My experience at Messiah was integral in getting admitted to this prestigious program, as Messiah upholds its students to the highest standards. Through my BSW placements at a homelessness and housing program and a skilled nursing facility, I was taught a great variety of skills that I was able to practice in and out of the classroom. Upon entering into my MSW placements at a skilled nursing facility and at the Alzheimer’s Association, I was able to have a solid foundation of skills to work from and then was able to work on enhancing and refining those skills. I utilized principles of self awareness and faith development that I learned at Messiah throughout my MSW program in order to keep seeking God’s will for my life within the social work profession.
As I prepare to graduate with my MSW from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Interpersonal Practice and Aging, with a minor in Management of Human Services, with a Specialist in Aging Certification, and as a Geriatric Scholar, I can look back to my beginnings at Messiah and can pinpoint exactly where my skills and passions began for social work, and where God showed me His plan for my life. I am currently looking for jobs in medical and geriatric social work and have had several callbacks that are excited about my resume due to the breadth of experience that I was able to have at Messiah & UofM! I am excited to see where God will lead me next on my social work journey. #GoFalcons and #GoBlue!