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College of Social Work

Social Work Five: Five Questions for Mason Beckhom

You just presented at Discover UofSC 2022, which showcases student research and creative projects.  Can you tell us about your poster and project? 

I did my pathway in Professional and Civic Engagement, calling on my time working as a Resident Mentor and my time in the BSW program to talk about identity. I referred to theories discussed in class, Intersectionality mainly, to discuss the importance of individualism in care and resource distribution.

What have you studied at UofSC that gave you the ideas for this?

In diversity and social justice we learned about intersectionality and the key to understanding the individual outlooks and experiences of a person. This is the best way to serve the client, by meeting them where they are, so it is relevant in all fields, including Higher Education and Student Affairs.

We hear you have great plans for next year. What’s your future entail?

I will be attending University of Georgia in Athens, GA in their College Student Affairs Administration program. I will be working as an Assistant Residence Life Coordinator while studying in the field.

Why social work for you?

Social Work has been great with all the interpersonal skills and care aspects of this field. It has been very great to hear how to best support people of any age or in any field, gaining knowledge on caring professions and applications to all age groups. It has helped me gain insight into how to be a better advocate for students and help find solutions to their problems in an effective and collaborative manner.

Favorite moment during your years at UofSC?

My favorite memory at UofSC is spring time on the horseshoe. It is the start of summer and the anticipation gets us all excited for what is to come over the breaks!

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