Meet the Social Work Alumnae

Elizabeth Morales 13 Family Justice Center

Elizabeth Morales '13, Family Justice Center

     When I applied to Saint Mary’s College I had no intention of becoming a Social Worker, I did not even know Social Work was a major. I came to Saint Mary’s as an intended Religious Studies major. My second semester freshman year I took Introduction to Social Work as a General Education requirement. It was there that I learned Social Workers were not just people that dealt with Foster Care and Child Protective Services. I also learned something about myself; I grew up with domestic violence.

     I always knew my household was not entirely normal, but I figured it was normal enough. Finding out that what I lived through was domestic violence made me want to spread the word to others that may not know what they’re dealing with is domestic violence. I want to be able to advocate for those victims and survivors. Learning more about how I can help makes my passion grow stronger. I want to help those people overcome their traumatic past and help them realize that there is life after victimization. I want victims and survivors to know that they are not alone and with the proper resources they can rise above. I would like to help those in need and those who want help. I want to be able to make a difference, even if I only make a difference in one person’s life.

Megan Considine 13 Center for the Homeless

Megan Considine '13, Center for the Homeless

I believe that all people were put on this planet to be loved and respected and treated with basic human rights. I want to be a Social Worker because I want to advocate for those who are mistreated and often pushed to the side. I feel called to helping those who often do not know how to help themselves. I think it is important in life to have people to help guide you and support you. Everyone should feel empowered and loved. I want to be a Social Worker to make a difference in the lives of people who may not have anyone else. I want to be a Social Worker because I would want someone to help me and believe in me when I had no one else. Everyone needs a little help sometimes, especially in a world where basic respect is no longer a priority. I want to be a Social Worker with the hope that my actions will make others change and strive for better.

Paige Edmonds 13 River Bend Cancer

Paige Edmonds '13, River Bend Cancer

When I came to Saint Mary’s College, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my future.  I wanted to be a genetics counselor so I thought that the science path would be perfect for me.  I soon realized that it wasn’t the science aspect that I loved so much about genetics counseling, it was the fact that every day I would be helping others.  I believe in the mission of social work and the principles that created the profession. I enjoy the idea of working with others so that they may meet their fullest potential.  I strongly believe that all individuals should be empowered to enhance their well-being and be encouraged to make positive enhancements in their lives.  In becoming a social worker, I am able to help individuals reach their goals by connecting together the little things in their lives.  When I look forward to my career as a social worker, I look forward to the many rewarding opportunities that I have to make a difference in the lives of others.  This is why I want to be a social worker.