November 2015: Sarah Begg ‘10
As I sit down to write this, I feel doubly privileged. I not only graduated from Concord University once, but twice. The two experiences were both wonderful!
I began my undergraduate journey with little life experience, fresh out of high school. I was eager to go out and change the world for the better. I graduated in 2010 with a degree in social work and immediately began working in the human services field. When I returned to Concord University in 2013 to complete my graduate degree in social work, I had experienced much more of life, good and bad. I was a little more careworn and had undergone my share of struggles. But, I was still eager to change the world. I graduated in 2014. I am proud to say I was in the first graduating MSW class that Concord University had.
I am truly thankful for the education that I received through Concord University. It has benefitted me in every job I have had since I left and has allowed me to be proficient at my passion, helping others. I received more than knowledge from faculty, staff, and peers. I received friendship, support, encouragement, challenges, and a second home. Concord University was my home for many years. I loved and still love the Campus Beautiful. I was there to learn about social work, but I gained so much more. My professors taught me the “book stuff”, but they also supported, encouraged, and challenged me to do and be more. The faculty and staff always treated me with respect and kindness, even when I was having a panic attack about financial aid! My peers provided support, laughter, and wonderful memories that helped me through various struggles in my life.
After saying all of that, my advice to you is to cherish and enjoy your time at Concord University. You are not only receiving a top notch education, but also life-long friendships, memories, support, and practical knowledge for the “real world”. I can promise you that you will be able to face the world, and change it for the better.