My favorite part about GMercyU was being able to form personal relationships with my professors. They helped me to advance my education and career development while getting to know me as a person.
Journey to GMercyU
"When I told my high school counselor what I wanted from a college, he thought GMercyU would be a great fit. The beautiful campus and close-knit community are really what sold it for me," Meghan said.
During her time on campus, Meghan served as Treasurer for the Social Work and Psychology Club (SWAP). She was also a member of Student Government Association (SGA) and Phi Alpha Honor Society.
Within her major, Meghan completed a research project on the topic Trauma Informed Care in Domestic Violence Agencies in Montgomery County. She presented her project at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Pennsylvania annual conference.
She completed research on another topic as well, Trauma Informed Care Training for Caregivers in Jamaica. She presented her work at the Conference for Mercy Higher Education Global Perspectives in Social Work.
Experience in the Social Work Program
"I loved my experience in the Social Work program. Dr. Luquet and Dr. Nuss provided great support and always made class interesting," Meghan said.
Meghan always felt encouraged to explore her professional interests and was pushed to perform to her highest ability.
What I loved most about the program was how close I was with my cohort. Being in a smaller program, you tend to take classes with the same people. We really helped each other out when it got tough, especially when classes became remote [due to the pandemic].
During her senior year, Meghan completed an internship at Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services in Norristown, Pa. She worked closely with the Coordinator of Community Based Services at the Office of Mental Health. Within her role, she provided support to the Director by attending two to four virtual County leadership meetings per week. She also formulated new sections about health-related topics such as COVID-19 and social determinants of health for the County case management guidelines.
"My favorite project allowed me to participate in the Crisis Intervention Specialist (CIS) program training with law enforcement officers," Meghan said.
Starting in Fall 2022, Meghan will attend the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWR). She was accepted into the advanced standing program, which allows her to earn a Master of Social Work in May 2023, one year earlier than usual.
"I can't wait for the opportunities that GSSWR brings my way," Meghan said.