Campus Conversation: Whitney Garland

“Growing up, my career goals were never definite. I went from idea to idea on what I wanted to do with my life, never really finding that one thing that I thought would be truly fulfilling.  I believe that I actually looked into every possible direction that my life could go. While trying to work my way through this, I was always asking myself the same question: what path will allow me to help others on a daily basis? I have always wanted to be in a career where I can advocate and uplift others. Social work is the only path that I see as being a way to definitively be a light to others. I wasn’t sure at first when I started taking social work classes if it would be a good fit for me. However, after meeting so many amazing and inspiring members of the College of Social Work’s faculty, and meeting students who share the same passion for helping people that I do, I know I have found a place that will educate me to really enact positive change in the world. Doing good to others is easy when you are surrounded by a community that encourages and celebrates service. After graduation, I hope to work in some capacity with children, and while I am not sure what setting yet, I think that my heart really is set on children with disabilities and children in pediatric hospitals.”

Whitney Garland, junior social work major

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