BA in Family Services with minor in Mental Health, 2019
Why did you choose to attend UNI? What factors influenced your reason for studying your major?
I chose UNI because it felt like home and it was the perfect size for me. UNI has a beautiful campus with a lot of great resources such as the financial aid office, the learning/tutoring center, and so many more. The UNI faculty and professors I met during tours and orientation were kind and educational and that helped me decide UNI was right for me. I decided to study Family Services because I found the classes and content so intriguing. All of my professors I had throughout my time at UNI positivity contributed to my experience and helped me succeed.
What do you do in your current position?
I currently work as the Life Enrichment Coordinator at a retirement community, Friendship Village. I plan outings, trips, and events for independent residents. I enjoy planning events and providing opportunities for older adults because it benefits their quality of life and provides them with fun and active days during their retirement.
How did your major help prepare you for your current role?
My major taught me about various family dynamics, relationships, and end of life issues which helped me tremendously now in my current job where I work with roughly 300 older adults. It taught me strong communication skills, empathy, and the importance of promoting one’s physical and emotional wellbeing. I believe these skills are very important when working with older adults.
What is a memorable part of your studies or participation within your major?
Throughout my time at UNI, two of my professors: Bill Henninger and Elaine Eshbaugh played an important role. Their classes were very educational but yet fun which made it enjoyable. They went above and beyond to help me and other students when needed. I am thankful I chose a major I loved and had awesome professors as well.
What advice would you give to students currently interested in the same major and/or going into your career field?
Family Services is a great major because it is so broad and holds so many opportunities. I would also say volunteer as much as you can at different organizations and companies to get an understanding of what they do and how they work.