Students Plan for Life After Graduation: Kelsey Ballard

Q: What has college been like as a triple major? 

A: My majors are social work and sociology, as well as child, youth and family studies. Social work and sociology go together, but child, youth and family studies was a course load all on its own. While the extra courses added more time and work on my plate, I feel I gained a thorough understanding of human services and family development which will benefit me in the future. 

Q: What are your aspirations after college?

A: In the next year or so, I plan to apply to graduate school to pursue a master degree in social work. I have a passion for children and families and would like to develop programs in some capacity to improve family functioning. I am also going to actively look for volunteer opportunities overseas, specifically in youth and community development.

Q: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

A:  I hope to have my master’s degree and be living out west, preferably California. Either that or working and living overseas. Whatever I am doing, I want to be working to improve the lives of people in some way.

Q: How has your time at UWSP changed you?

A: Coming into college, I felt very lost and unsure of who I was and what I should do with my life. My time at UWSP helped me discover myself and my passions. I don’t have it all figured out yet, but through professors and friends, I feel so much more confident about my future.

Q: What advice would you offer to incoming students next year?

A: Step out of your comfort zone. Take advantage of every opportunity you have at UWSP. Your time in college is going to be some of the most important years in shaping your life so make them count. If I hadn’t have stepped out of my comfort zone, I would have missed out on some of the most beneficial opportunities.

 

Emily Noèl Showers

Pointlife Editor

eshow592@uwsp.edu

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