Meet the Social Work Alumnae

Ciara Ward 13 REAL Services

Ciara Ward '13, REAL Services

I want to be a social worker because I want to encourage, empower, and enable change in people lives. I love the thought of having a job that will allow me to be able to help people and to make a difference in their lives. My passion and my goal in life are to bring about social justices. I want to be a social worker so I can give people the courage and motivation that they may need in order to succeed in life. Being a social worker is a profession I know that I will be satisfied to say that I am doing, because it a very fulfilling career to have. In short I basically just want to let people know that they are capable of greatness.

Alexandra Sassano 13 Catholic Charities

Alexandra Sassano '13, Catholic Charities

     When I came to Saint Mary’s I never considered Social Work as a major.  I took many different general education courses to try to figure out what I wanted to do with my life but I could not seem to find anything that I was really passionate about.  When my advisor suggested that I take the Intro to Social Work class I figured that I had nothing to lose.   I fell in love with the field and knew that I wanted to be a Social Worker.

     I want to be a Social Worker because it is not a career that just anyone can have.  One must be passionate, empathetic, and willing to look beyond what is on the surface.  It can be emotionally taxing at times but at the end of the day Social Workers make a difference in at least one person’s life, and that’s exactly what I want to do.

Griselda Palma 13

Griselda Palma '13,

I’ll? be ?very? honest,? when ?I ?came ?to ?Saint ?Mary’s ?I ?never? thought ?I? would ?end? up ?wanting ?to? be? a? social? worker.?  I ?never? really? knew? much? about? the? major? until ?I? accidently? walked ?into ?Dr.? K’s ?office ?asking ?about ?sociology ?classes.  ?It ?wasn’t ?until she? explained ?the ?field ?of ?social ?work ?and ?its ?many ?possibilities ?that ?I ?began ?to consider ?it ?as ?a ?major.

Social? work ?sees ?the ?needs ?of ?others ?as ?well ?as ?a? need ?for ?change.  ?It? uses ?the theories ?in ?psychology ?and? sociology ?and? applies ?it ?to ?all? fields ?of ?human ?behavior.  ?It doesn’t ?just ?focus ?on ?the ?individual ?but ?the ?individual ?within ?its ?surroundings.? With a ?degree? in ?social? work ?you ?could ?do ?a ?variety ?of? social ?services. ??From? counseling? little ?kids? to ?working? with? politicians, ?it? will ?just ?about ?take ?you? anywhere ?you ?want  to ?go.  ?For ?me, ?it ?happens ?to ?be ?helping ?others ?around? the ?world.  ?The ?plus? side ?about getting? this ?degree ?at ?Saint ?Mary’s ?is ?that ?when? it ?comes ?time ?for? graduate ?school you ?can ?apply ?for? the ?one? year ?program.

This? major ?is? more ?than ?a? career ?choice.  ?It’s? a? way? of ?life.  ?It ?is ?one? that? I? know? is? right ?for ?me.