Today Magazine Summer 2021 - Page 19

Melissa Dziedzic , MSW ' 10 Widener University , MSW , 2013
Current Position : Director of Field Education for Graduate Social Work at West Chester University
“ The most rewarding part of being a social worker is having the ability to influence change at all levels . GMercyU prepared me for graduate school by providing the early exposure to the field from the moment I walked onto campus as an undergraduate student . There were opportunities to volunteer with social service organizations , listen to guest speakers / social workers in class , and the incredible internship opportunities . I am forever grateful for the mentorship that I received from GMercyU , which has inspired me to be in a role where I am mentoring and supporting the next generation of social workers !”
Megan McStravick , MSW ' 06 Tulane University , MSW , 2008
Current Position : Social Services Intake Coordinator at New Orleans Musicians Clinic
“ GMercyU enhanced my personal and professional growth through intimate academic settings allowing me to reflect and express my own thoughts with potential to adapt based on experiences , education and others perceptions . As the Social Service Intake Coordinator for the New Orleans Musicians Clinic for the past 12 years , the most rewarding part of my job is witnessing the resiliency through social , environmental and financial disparities for thousands of musicians , performing artists and cultural bearers .”
Becky Fitzgerald , MSW ' 14 West Chester University , MSW , 2014
Current Position : Behavioral Consultant at SPIN ( Special People in the Northeast )
“ GMercyU helped prepare me for graduate school by fostering a tight-knit community where it was easy to seek guidance from professors . This helped me to continue creating bonds and widening my network within social work . I thoroughly enjoy my work now because I have a mixture of work in schools and homes helping children build skills to gain functional communication and other life skills .”
Carol Anne Patton , MSW , LSW ' 15 University of Pennsylvania , MSW , 2017
Current Positions : Rehab Social Worker at The Community at Rockhill ; Hospice Social Worker at Grandview Hospice
“ GMercyU taught me to be an informed and educated student . Going to such a reputable school as University of Penn , I needed to be a strong writer . I learned from professors who had high standards and expected the best from their students . Now I am serving people at their most vulnerable . Whether they are at end of life , in the hospital recovering , or they are working through therapy to get back home , I am giving them hope and comfort .”
Learn more about GMercyU ’ s Bachelor of Social Work program .