Hometown: Starkville, Mississippi
Undergraduate University & Major: The College of William & Mary, BA in English
GCSW Degree Sought: MSW
Concentration: Clinical with an Individualized Specialization in Social Support for Children with Physical Differences.
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2016
Classes Completed/Currently Enrolled:
Completed: Foundation semester, DSM-5, Assessment in Social Work Practice, Trans-theoretical Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, Clinical Practice with Children and Adolescents,
Enrolled in: Evaluation of Social Work Practice, Global Justice, Trans-theoretical BTI, Independent Study.
First field placement (Field I & II):
Baylor College of Medicine Transition Clinic, October 2014-May 2015
Worked as a social worker in the Transition Clinic team. We worked with adolescents who have chronic childhood illnesses and are transitioning from pediatric care to adult healthcare. As a social worker, I spent a few minutes of each patient’s appointment talking to patients and their caregivers about a range of topics relevant to their care, including their adult health insurance, independence, getting new medical equipment, independent living arrangements, advance directives, guardianship, and any social issues they might be experiencing.
Second field placement (Field III & IV):
Texas Children’s Hospital (Fall 2015 & Spring 2016)
Beginning in Fall 2015, I will be working in the Cleft Clinic and the new transition clinic for teenagers with spina bifida.
Activities and/or Organizations:
• GCSW Student Ambassador
• Albert Schweitzer Fellow
• Graduate Research Assistant
• Dean’s Council Advisory Scholarship
Why Social Work?
I was born with a cleft lip and palate and have had nine corrective surgeries. Since the age of 14, I have been dedicated to helping other children with cleft lips and palates overcome the many difficulties that can accompany this facial difference—including low self-esteem, teasing, confusion, and anxiety among others. When it was time for me to choose a career, I decided that social work was by far the best outlet for me to continue reaching this often-overlooked population. I am interested in developing and implementing social care for cleft lip and cleft palate children and other children with physical differences, and I believe that a profession as versatile and interdisciplinary as social work is the ideal foundation through which I can pursue my passion.