*Unless otherwise indicated, all students are 2021 graduates of the MSW program.*
Master of Social Work student Emilee Edwards always saw herself working in a classroom. But instead of teaching, she aspires to provide resources to students to help them best succeed inside and beyond the classroom.
Kassie Kintzios, Alexis Kandetzki, Madison Bollhorst
Three Master of Social Work students became friends through the social work undergraduate program at James Madison University. Their friendship remained intact as they began graduate studies together at the College of Social Work.
A three-week summer internship last year during her undergraduate studies helped Advanced Standing student Raven Martin find her passion in preparing for a future social work career.
*Unless otherwise indicated, all individuals are 2020 graduates of the MSW program.*
Caroline Ambrose and Erin Woods
Caroline Ambrose and Erin Woods first met in middle school and immediately became friends. Their friendship has continued through high school, and the social work bachelor’s and master’s programs. While distance may separate them, their friendship is everlasting.
Social workers are needed in numerous areas of society Alexandria Devonish wants to utilize her skills and education in the criminal justice and corrections fields.
Destiny Asby is not only passionate about her social work career but also making sure people understand the variety of opportunities within the field.
During these difficult times of the COVID-19 outbreak, Laura Browning's comeback story is inspiration for anyone who has hit a low point in their life.
Hayley Graff realized her assumptions about social work were incorrect during her undergraduate studies. She has turned those misconceptions into preparing for a career of helping improve the lives of individuals.
Savannah Baker shared her passion and advocacy for affordable housing at a Habitat for Humanity International Conference in Washington.
The combination of classroom studies and her field placement at a VA clinic is prepared Carin Cushenberry for a military-related career in social work.
Yami Ardab, MSW '21
Yami Ardab had already experienced several journeys in her life before embarking on her latest venture to earn her Master of Social Work degree.
Thanks to her graduate studies and field placements, Mary-Stuart Tinkler now has a better understanding of the connections between social work and politics.
Katie Totten had never previously considered studying social work. But she has discovered how her passion for mental health is a perfect fit for the social work profession.
Rachel Carlson, MSW '21
Rachel Carlson was impressed by the research occurring at the College of Social Work when she was looking at graduate schools. Today, she is contributing to research activities at the college.
Sabrina Mackey decided to walk away from more than 20 years working in the healthcare field to change careers and pursue new opportunities with her MSW degree.
Amirah Cotton successfully managed raising a family, her military commitment, social work studies and field education.
There was a time when Desiree Little had some of the common misconceptions of social work. But is she prepared for a career of helping individuals and communities.
Sierra Abel earned her undergraduate career in communications. But a volunteer experience has led her on path to a social work career.
After earning her undergraduate degree in social work from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Kennedy Richart relocated south to pursue her MSW, thanks to the college's Advanced Standing program.
Morgan Carroll always knew she would attend the University of South Carolina after seeing the historic Horseshoe for the first time.