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"My favorite part about GMercyU was the friendships that were made from all of the different events that were held. I know GMercyU is more known for their nursing program, but the fact that they didn't look at it like that and always had different events being held so all majors can come together was very welcoming and created the perfect environment for a college student."
Zoey Bethel graduated from Abington Senior High School in 2016. She originally heard about GMercyU from an Allied Health program she was in and, at the time, she knew she wanted to be in a helping profession.
"Being at a Mercy school was really the best place to be," Zoey said.
On campus, Zoey served as the Vice President of the Social Work and Psychology Club (SWAP). She was also a member of the Black Student Union.
"During my time in the Social Work program, I have truly felt what it is like to be supported and have a great sense of understanding. The relationships I've made will truly last a lifetime," Zoey said.
Assistant Professor & Director of Field Education Janice Nuss, DSW, LCSW is one faculty member that stood out during Zoey's time in the Social Work program.
"Dr. Nuss has been the backbone to supporting our program and making sure everyone is welcomed and has truly been there no matter what," Zoey said.
"I would suggest GMercyU to a prospective Social Work student because of the togetherness that the program gives, as well as the different outlook that the program allows you to see of the Social Work profession. It's not just about therapy. There are many levels to the profession," Zoey said.
During her senior year, Zoey completed an internship at Garden Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Willow Grove, Pa. In her role, she oversaw the short-term residents that entered the facility by being the first person they came in contact with, and made sure they had everything they needed. She also oversaw that their care plan was up to date as well as their assessments.
Zoey scheduled transportation home or skilled home care and ordered any necessary equipment they may have needed. She also assisted residents who needed guidance with insurance or filling out important documents.
After graduating in May 2022, Zoey will be pursing her Master's degree while working at Aspire Family and Child Services as a Behavioral Health Therapist.