What did you study at UNH?
Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
What were you doing 1 year out of college?
After graduating from UNH, I worked at a few jobs in the Human Services field including at an after school program and a group home for mentally ill adults. I was still trying to figure out what population of people I wanted to work with and what to do with everything I had learned from the Psychology Department.
What were you doing 5 years out of college?
Five years after graduating from UNH, I was working with foster parents and kids in foster care at a great non-profit in Somerville, MA.
What were you doing 10 years out of college?
I was finishing up a Master’s degree in Social Work at Boston University while continuing to work at the same non-profit with kids and foster parents. I’ve also been teaching figure skating at local rinks around Boston for the last 10 years.
What are you doing now?
I coordinate the Alumni Services Department for YouthBuild USA in Somerville, MA. YouthBuild USA serves youth in 260 programs across the country by assisting them in obtaining their GED’s, gaining construction and employment skills, building homes in their communities, and receiving AmeriCorps service hours. The Alumni Services Department keeps graduates involved in the YouthBuild network and movement in both their local communities and in a national arena through a focus on 4 main areas; alumni engagement, financial capabilities, mental health and wellness, and social capital.
I’m also volunteering with the UNH Boston Alumni Network to plan great events for alums in the area.
How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?
I had a great foundation of knowledge from the Psychology Department that allowed me to feel confident working in many different areas of human services. It also gave me a great start on my journey to a master’s degree in Social Work at Boston University. I also made friends that I know I will have for a lifetime.
Why do you believe in UNH?
I believe in UNH because the University fosters a great learning environment, brings dedicated professors and staff to the students, and encourages fun and lasting friendships through education.