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College of Social Work

Emily Lundy - Class of 2024

When BSW 2024 graduate Emily Lundy left New York, she found her friends, her home and her future. Here’s a look at this Class of 2024 social work graduate who discovered her purpose at the University of South Carolina.  

Major: Social work 

Hometown: Camillus, New York 

How USC changed my life: I met some of my best friends at the University of South Carolina. It’s a place that has been my home for the past five years and it’s also a place I hope my kids call home. The experiences that I have made here have lasted a lifetime. From orientation, to Bates House, to the Hub, 612 Whaley and then getting my own house. A lot of my biggest milestones have taken place at USC. The teachers at the College of Social Work have become my mentors and friends. Studying social work with a minor in art are two of my passions, and the environment I was able to grow in through both programs will always hold a place in my heart.  

Advice for incoming students: Don’t stress. Freshmen year is the year to introduce yourself to everyone and everything. Everyone is trying to find their footing and so willing to meet new people. As you grow in your major, you’ll find amazing people with the same interests as you. High school you have friends because of convenience. College is where you find the people who will help mold you to who you’re meant to be. Join the clubs, follow university accounts. Introduce your family and friends to the place that you will call home. On days of stress, take a blanket and some snacks to the Horseshoe. Listen to the world around you and take it in, these are the best days of your life. 

Listen to the world around you and take it in, these are the best days of your life.  

Emily Lundy

What I’ve learned about myself: My purpose. I knew what I wanted to do when I graduated high school, but I didn’t know all that it would include. Being able to study subjects that influence your future profession is an amazing experience. The people you learn and grow with become your confidants. Trust in the process. This university cares for your well-being. I learned that it’s OK not to go at the pace of others. Health issues and life obstacles can get in the way.  

What played a role in my success: Jennifer McArdle, Anna May and the College of Social Work changed my life. They were there for me when my life fell upside down and I had to take a break from the program. They also welcomed me back with open arms when I was ready to return. I can’t thank the college enough for what they do for their students. From field placements to class work, they care. 

group volunteering
Emily Lundy's group volunteering.

A favorite memory: One of my favorite memories is meeting my best friend next door from me at Bates House. She has become such an influential woman in my life as she is strong, determined and has the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever met. She welcomed me into her family when mine was further away. She is a lifelong friend and I can’t wait to see her impact on this world.  

What’s next: I am continuing my education as a Master of Social Work advanced standing student.  

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