Meet the Social Work Alumnae

Jordan Fiegen 13 Southfield Village

Jordan Fiegen '13, Southfield Village

I have the strong desire to become a social worker to have the ability to make a difference in people’s lives.  Within social work, I can make that difference in a supportive and caring way.  The skills I have gained throughout my life place me believing that social work is the right career for me.  My passion towards people leaves me striving to help solve their problems, deal with their stressors, and ensure they live their lives as all people should.  Ultimately, I am striving to become a clinical social worker.  I have been around medical aspects my entire life and I know this is what is right for me.

Anne Zimnicki 13 REAL Services

Anne Zimnicki '13, REAL Services

Social work was not my initial choice of study and profession. After leaving nursing, which did not excite me, I found that the social worker program is aligned with what I had been striving to accomplish in my life. This area of study is much more than a career path. I believe it is my calling. In the world today there is a need to improve the overall functioning and well-being of all people. I have a special ambition for helping the aged, marginalized and vulnerable.

There is a reading from the bible that has a special meaning to me and I like to reflect. It reads, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me." The dignity and worth of individuals is a key Catholic social justice teaching where every person deserves value and respect. Social Work takes to heart Jesus’ teachings and life model of service, humility, compassion, mercy, and love for humanity in a real and active way.

Julia Fletcher 13 Oaklawn Hospital

Julia Fletcher '13, Oaklawn Hospital

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always enjoyed helping people. I knew I wanted to do this, but I was not sure how this fit into my life. During my freshman year, I took intro to social work and it opened my eyes to all the possibilities available in the field. As I took more classes, I realized I was extremely interested in many different subfields of social work. Through my courses I was able to discover the many populations social work deals with. I started to uncover my passion for social work. I feel very blessed to have found a field that I am passionate about and that is beneficial to other individuals.