Graduation Year: 2015
Major: Social Work, Child Welfare
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Current Professional Title: Social Worker- Client Care Coordinator
Name of Employer: Urban Strategies Inc- Fannie Barnes Residence
What is one of your favorite memories, classes, professors, or activities while attending MEC?
Being a member of the Social Work Club, the professors were always prepared, available, and supportive of my needs.
How has your education at Medgar Evers College influenced or helped you in your life and career?
Social services have been a part of my life for a very long time, and I wanted it to continue on a professional level. I decided to pursue a career in social work because of my desire to see others succeed in fulfilling their potential and make a positive difference in people’s lives. The one thing I have always known I would do in my life is help people. My education from Medgar Evers College and the experiences I have gained are extremely transferable.
What are one or two of your proudest professional or personal accomplishments that occurred after graduating from MEC in which your education played a role?
My proudest moments are bringing a smile to my clients who have been through complex, traumatic, and stressful experiences. I serve vulnerable populations and people who are at risk in the Brooklyn, New York area. Helping that person or child to discover healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships with others, and know that they are safe is my proudest achievement. I have adopted the philosophy: “Where there is a broken child there is always a broken caregiver or a parent.”
What piece of professional advice would you give your fellow MEC alumni and current students?
Stay true to the profession you pursue and give it your best. The reward is bountiful when your client’s eyes light up because of your help. To current students, please be diligent with your studies and consider graduate school and beyond. “Life is like a camera. If you missed the first shot, continue and take another and another, until you get the perfect shot.” So too, is your education.