Meet the Social Work Alumnae

Monica Drettmann 12 Oaklawn Hospital

Monica Drettmann '12, Oaklawn Hospital

When I applied to Saint Mary’s, I initially declared myself as a nursing major. I worked very hard to remain in the Nursing program, however, after fall semester of sophomore year, I decided nursing was not my passion anymore. Nevertheless, I was confident in the fact that I wanted to continue studying in a profession that focused on human and health services! As I began exploring all of the different programs and departments at Saint Mary’s, I found myself drawn to Social Work. After enrolling in several Social Work courses, I was completely engaged in the curriculum. The Social Work profession uses an incredible amount of knowledge about individuals, groups, communities, and organizational settings. I look forward to seeing where my Saint Mary’s Social Work education will take me in further career choices!

Aileen Hurd 12 Hope Ministries

Aileen Hurd '12, Hope Ministries

To be honest, I avoided all-things-Social-Work for most of my life; my parents were both therapists, and while I secretly thought they were superheroes, I grew up adamantly refused to follow in their footsteps.  It wasn’t until I started to take a few of the classes at Saint Mary’s that I realized that Social Work was the embodiment of everything I wanted in my life.  I wanted to work hard, to form deep relationships with people, and to share in their growth.  There’s a transcendent power and strength in witnessing these kinds of miracles, and a Social Work degree allows you not only to witness them, but to participate in them – every day!  And I can make it my own, too – the field is limitless, so I don’t have to follow in anyone’s footsteps if I don’t want to.  It’s so exciting, and there’s so much potential, that I have never once regretted my decision to study Social Work.

Jennifer Kline 12 Southfield Village

Jennifer Kline '12, Southfield Village

From a young age, my parents instilled the importance of human relationships in my mind. I was raised, not only thinking of my own growth, but the growth of others and where I stood in that journey. I feel there is no greater triumph than seeing someone overcome obstacles and work towards their goals, whether it is crossing the finish line at a marathon or fighting through an illness. Those moments of happiness are fleeting and empowering for all involved, no matter if the person is a loved one or complete stranger. So here I find myself overwhelmed by Social Work, not that I chose the profession, but it simply chose me and I could not be more fortunate.