Meet the Social Work Alumnae

Gabriella Masini 13 Kids Peace

Gabriella Masini '13, Kids Peace

     Ever since I was little, my dad would read the newspaper to me.  I would sit in his lap and he would teach me about society.  My dad talked about the good, the bad, and the ugly.  The good parts would be about someone positively contributing to the world.  An example would be a little girl raising money for her school.  He would also teach me about the bad aspects, such as a person stealing a car.  Then, my dad would read article about the ugly elements of our community.  For example, if a woman was sick on the street and no one helped her.  Or when a student had been bullied and her friends said nothing.  Spending these moments with my dad taught me how I want to impact the world.

     I have always been interested in policy because it allows our society to function.  It is fascinating to me how and why a law is successful.  My passion is to help people through federal laws and social welfare programs.  I want to understand the effectiveness of policies and how we can serve populations better.  Many people do not want to work with at risk populations because of their prejudices or stigmas. I believe a great society is equally concerned about the powerful and the powerless.  My personality and skills are best suited for policy analysis and advocacy so I can help those vulnerable people.  Maybe one day, my dad will be reading about my contributions to society.

Rebekah Kohn 13 St Joseph Probate Court Juvenile Division

Rebekah Kohn '13, St. Joseph Probate Court Juvenile Division

When I came to Saint Mary’s I already knew I wanted to be a social worker; in fact, I wanted to be a social worker before I even knew that what I wanted to do is called social work.  The mission statement of the social work program here at Saint Mary’s states that “students will work for social and economic justice with oppressed populations in society, in the workplace, and in civic, home and spiritual communities.” For my whole life I have wanted to advocate for others; and I know that with the education I receive in my courses, in the field, and from my peers, I will be better prepared to make an impact than I would in any other field.  To me, being a social worker means being the necessary link between individuals, their families, their communities, and countless other resources.  I hope that I will help people to expand their opportunities and build health relationships.  I want to be a social worker, and I have never wanted to be anything else.

Julie Reed 13 Individuals and Families in Transition

Julie Reed '13, Individuals and Families in Transition

Growing up my mom always taught me to give until it hurts and then give a little more. From the day I applied to Saint Mary’s I knew I wanted to major in social work. As I moved through my academic years at Saint Mary’s and enrolled in more social work classes, I found myself with even more confidence in my decision to pursue social work. Many life events put me in a position to experience firsthand the empowerment that someone in the field of social work can give to those they work with. This year I have a placement at the Elkhart County Women’s Shelter and it has solidified my calling to help women and children overcome obstacles and achieve goals they never thought possible. Following through with the lesson my mom taught me, I find myself with an unending passion to help others with everything I have and because of this I want to be a social worker.