As both a student and professional, I have worked extremely hard in life. I have been able to be competent in social work because my greatest strength is the ability to empathize with my clients. In my personal life, I have walked in the shoes of my clients as a mother, wife, employed in lower-income jobs, and full-time student. I have developed through this a compassion for persons in poverty and allows me to walk with them on their journey.
Throughout my personal journey, I have discovered that a positive outlook and strong work ethic goes a long way in overcoming obstacles in the path to success. I feel these are important skills for every individual to have and I am diligent about encouraging others who may currently be struggling, to never give up and always to believe in themselves and their ability to succeed. I have used this philosophy to obtain academic success during my years at MacMurray. My induction to Phi Alph Honor Society at the age of 42 proves that it is never too late to set and meet personal goals.