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Alumni Spotlight: Gia A. Ruiz '12

gia a. ruiz '12

Bachelor of Social Work


Williamstown, NJ

Current Position

MSW Intern
Inspira Medical Center



My Widener Experience

why did you decide to major in social work?

I decided to major in social work because I desired a career where I could make a difference in people's lives. My values and belief system are based upon integrity and passion for service. I believe that my life experiences have shaped me into the person I am today and after a great amount of soul searching, I decided to pursue the field of social work.

what made you choose widener?

I attended Widener University for my undergraduate career and although I had a very demanding schedule with school, an internship, and a full-time job, I never felt too overwhelmed because of the support. The staff inspired me to become an exceptional social worker and I feel passionate about this field of work. I will never forget the memories and friendships I made at Widener University.

My Professional Experience

what advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?

The advice that I would give a prospective student considering my major would be to find a career they are passionate about. I think that your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck; your profession is what you're put here on earth to do. I think that is important to find a field and institution that suits your personality and can help you grow into the best version of yourself.

what do you like most about your current position?

My field placement for graduate school is at Inspira Medical Center with the Adolescent Partial-Hospitalization program. The population we service is children ages 12-17 that are facing behavioral issues. I think my work is stimulating because I have the ability to provide interactive group sessions to engage my clients therapeutically. I am enjoying working with the adolescent population and learning about the mental health field because I did not have much experience in this area previously.