Najeeah Smith

 

Hometown
  • Fort Smith, AR
Campus Location
  • Waco Campus
Graduation Year
  • May 2020
Favorite restaurant
  • Raising Cane's
Why did you choose Baylor's MSW Program?
  • I chose Baylor’s MSW Program because through their mission statement it was evident that their goal was not only to create social workers to enter the workforce, but invest in the molding and shaping of healthy well rounded pillars of society. Influencing the social welfare of people is the ultimate goal of the program and goes beyond just monetary elements. This program is dedicated to producing social workers who value individuals' quality of life as well as their families’ and communities way of life also. I was also drawn to a statement on the webpage that stated that the program wants to "support and cultivate a culture where alumni can create organizations that are impactful and successfully share their personal ideals to society". Ultimately the driving factor ended up being the uniqueness in a degree that looks at the holistic individual and explores/ prepares social workers in a Christian context for worldwide service and leadership.
What is a cause you are passionate about?
  • One cause I am passionate about is economic inequality for impoverished individuals and families (Including the unemployment rates, the lack of resources or support to help individuals improve their situations, and income discrimination).
How does a Master of Social Work degree fit into your career plan?
  • After a study abroad course, I became interested in international social work and would love for that to be my first career upon graduation! Additional goals include becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and establishing my own private practice.
What is a piece of advice you would give a prospective student
  • Look at this opportunity as a journey of self-discovery. Be willing to learn and adjust to advocating for yourself, so in turn you are able to be the best advocate for others "Fill your cup first and allow the world to benefit from your overflow"-author unknown