Alumni Spotlight: Rebecca L. Dewar '08
Prospect Park, PA
Community Interactions, Inc.
My Widener Experience
why did you decide to major in social work and pursue graduate degrees in social work and human sexuality studies?
As a woman with a physical disability, I hold fond memories of the social worker who worked with me during my time of rehabilitation. I grew up wanting to be in a helping position as a way to give others a good experience of having someone care and work with them during difficult times. I pursued graduate degrees to enable me to do more than generalist practice work. I am qualified to provide clinical services to people in the realm of mental health and human sexuality.
what clubs/organizations were you involved in that made a memorable impression?
I was president of the Bachelor of Social Work Club. In my current position of employment, I use the skills I developed from being a part of the club: listening, patience, organization, commitment to tasks, motivation of others, problem solving, flexibility, compromising, etc. I learned that communication is key to being an effective leader. Providing food to families in a shelter was one of the BEST experiences we did as a club. The cliché "actions speaker louder than words" is definitely true!
My Professional Experience
what do you like most about your current position?
I love that my current position harmoniously overlaps the fields of social work and human sexuality.
what advice would you give a prospective student considering your major or graduate program?
My programs of study are excellent, especially if one enjoys working with people. An insight to understanding people from various theoretical frameworks is learned. The professors are great. They are friendly and have a sense of warmth about them. They encourage asking questions and welcome discussions. Do not hesitate to suggest ideas!