Alumni Spotlight: Kyle M. Kennedy '13
MSW, Temple University
Person Directed Supports, Inc.
My Widener Experience
why did you decide to major in social work?
Social work truly seems to be the only profession where I have found my niche. Being a change agent for individuals of various backgrounds with various needs provides an intrinsic reward that cannot be found in another field of study. There are also many facets of social work in which someone could specialize and thrive in.
who was your favorite professor at widener? why?
Dr. Brent Satterly defines the expectation of what a collegiate educator should be. Dr. Satterly is not only one of the most passionate social workers I have ever met, but he also truly cares about every one of his students. Dr. Satterly will advocate and ensure the well-being of his students in order for them to succeed. Without Dr. Satterly and other Widener professionals, I would have never achieved my BSW (or continue on to become a LSW).
My Professional Experience
what do you like most about your current position?
I like the satisfaction of being part of decreasing the frequency, intensity, and duration of negative behaviors when working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The promotion of social skills, communication, problem solving, and overall levels of independence is truly a benefit outside of a paycheck that keeps me excited to wake up in the morning and stay late in the day to get my job done.
what advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?
Ensure that this is the right field. It is important to fully research what the expectations of a social worker are, as well as what opportunities are available to predict whether a person would be happy and successful post-graduation. This is not a field of study that should be picked because "it seems cool" or because someone wants to "help people." The social work profession needs dedicated and passionate social workers to best serve our various target populations.