Commencement 2014: Kristen Cladek, Aspiring Social Worker

 

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Choosing to attend Georgian Court University was the best decision I’ve ever made. Like many high school students the college application process was stressful and confusing. Fortunately, I was accepted to all three colleges I applied to, so after some consideration and the planning of finances for the next four years, my parents and I decided that Georgian Court was the best choice for me. My mother was absolutely thrilled! One of her kids was finally going to a Catholic school! As luck would have it, four years later, both of her kids are going to Catholic school! I’m happy to say, my brother will begin attending Georgian Court in the fall as a criminal justice major.

I am so blessed to have attended Georgian Court. On top of providing me with an absolutely fantastic education, I was given the opportunity to explore my faith and understand my spirituality. The best part about having attended a Catholic university is that I was not only allowed to explore my religion, I was encouraged to dive deeper into what being a Catholic means to me and to involve myself in activities that fostered my beliefs.

The Mercy Core Values of Service, Compassion, Respect, Integrity, and Justice have guided me over the last few years and as I begin to transition into the next phase of my journey and the rest of my life, I will carry them with me always.

Passionate About Helping Others

In the Fall I will begin attending Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service to earn my Master’s Degree in Social Work. I am so excited to think that this time next year I will have my MSW and the ability to go out into the world and really help others. My passion is in helping children with special needs and developmental disabilities. In the future, I hope to work in a school that specializes in educating and caring for children with disabilities. One of my dreams is to one day start a program or organization that provides children with special needs and their families a place to receive counseling and mental health services, as well as seek respite from the struggles and barriers they face in day-to-day life.

I’m not ready to move on, the people at Georgian Court have become a part of my family and it’s difficult to say good-bye (even though I don’t think I’ll ever really leave, Georgian Court will always be a part of my life).

I’m not ready, but I am prepared.

Story by Kristen Cladek ’14. Kristen completed her GCU degree in social work and will continue her studies at Fordham University.

 

 

 

Cladek_AcademicAward

 

Choosing to attend Georgian Court University was the best decision I’ve ever made. Like many high school students the college application process was stressful and confusing. Fortunately, I was accepted to all three colleges I applied to, so after some consideration and the planning of finances for the next four years, my parents and I decided that Georgian Court was the best choice for me. My mother was absolutely thrilled! One of her kids was finally going to a Catholic school! As luck would have it, four years later, both of her kids are going to Catholic school! I’m happy to say, my brother will begin attending Georgian Court in the fall as a criminal justice major.

I am so blessed to have attended Georgian Court. On top of providing me with an absolutely fantastic education, I was given the opportunity to explore my faith and understand my spirituality. The best part about having attended a Catholic university is that I was not only allowed to explore my religion, I was encouraged to dive deeper into what being a Catholic means to me and to involve myself in activities that fostered my beliefs.

The Mercy Core Values of Service, Compassion, Respect, Integrity, and Justice have guided me over the last few years and as I begin to transition into the next phase of my journey and the rest of my life, I will carry them with me always.

Passionate About Helping Others

In the Fall I will begin attending Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service to earn my Master’s Degree in Social Work. I am so excited to think that this time next year I will have my MSW and the ability to go out into the world and really help others. My passion is in helping children with special needs and developmental disabilities. In the future, I hope to work in a school that specializes in educating and caring for children with disabilities. One of my dreams is to one day start a program or organization that provides children with special needs and their families a place to receive counseling and mental health services, as well as seek respite from the struggles and barriers they face in day-to-day life.

I’m not ready to move on, the people at Georgian Court have become a part of my family and it’s difficult to say good-bye (even though I don’t think I’ll ever really leave, Georgian Court will always be a part of my life).

I’m not ready, but I am prepared.

Story by Kristen Cladek ’14. Kristen completed her GCU degree in social work and will continue her studies at Fordham University.

 

 

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