Department of Social Work: Testimonials

Alumni Stories

“I believe that Avila’s social work program provided dynamic, unique, challenging, and thrilling opportunities that were both inspirational and educational. The department has shown itself to be sincerely passionate about their students and willing to go to great lengths to equip social workers with all the tools possible.”
— Emily, BSW class of 2014 

“The reason I decided to enter the field of social work was mainly due to unhappiness with my current line of work.  There were never days when I left my job feeling fulfilled or like I had helped anyone.  I knew that if I was ever going to change that, I needed to major in a study that allowed me to help people.”
— Daniel, BSW class of 2014 

 “One of the strengths of the program is that they saw the potential in us more than we even saw coming into the program. If you would have told me when I first started the program that I would do all that I did and accomplish what I have, I would have thought it was a lie. Never would I have thought I would have given a capstone presentation or interned for five hundred hours. It all seemed so overwhelming at first, but the instructors all believed in me and pushed me to see my full potential.” 
— Keiana, BSW class of 2014 

“The strength of the program has been the overwhelming amount of support that we get from the social work department at Avila. The staff has been helpful and has provided us with the knowledge we need to be the best we can be.  The program was designed in a way that the material we learned always seemed to be a building block to the next lesson or course, helping us understand and process and retain the vast amount of information.” 
 — Jenna, BSW class of 2014

“The personal/emotional value of my degree has been priceless for me. I honestly didn’t think I would make it this far, nor do it so well.  I am proud of myself; something I have never been before.”
— Telena, BSW class of 2014

“Avila’s program has pushed me out of my comfort zone, expanding my thinking in relation to how problems in society can be created or resolved, and has overall been a great place to learn. Another strength of the program is that it is small so the teachers and students get to know each other well. This also attributes to high accountability among the students and teachers.”
— Shawna, BSW class of 2014

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