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Student Profile: Rebecca Witt, Bachelor’s in Human Services
After finishing her Associate’s Degree in paraeducation, Rebecca Witt knew that it was “now or never” to get her bachelor’s degree. As a single mom and a full-time school district employee, she had a lot on her plate already. She had always wanted to help people and was specifically interested in addiction recovery so she found the perfect fit at CityU in the Bachelor of Arts Human Services program. She took some time out of her busy schedule to tell us about herself, her experience in the program, and the internship she is currently doing.
City University of Seattle (CU): Can you tell us a little more about yourself? What did you do before enrolling at CityU?
Rebecca Witt (RW): My name is Rebecca Witt. I am 27 years old and live in Olympia, Washington. I am a single mother of a 5 year old girl and have been going to school for most of my daughter’s life. I finished my Associate’s Degree from South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia in 2012 in paraeducation and immediately got a job with one of the school districts in town. After I graduated, I was worried that if I did not go back to obtain my bachelor’s degree right away, I probably would never go back. I just currently began working my third year in the school district.
CU: What made you decide to enroll at CityU?
RW: I knew I wanted to go to school online and go into addiction recovery. City U was one of the only universities I found that had the program I was looking for as well as the flexibility that would work for my family and me.
CU: What has your experience been like in the Bachelor of Arts Human Services program? What drew you to this program specifically?
RW: I have always wanted to help individuals and my primary focus and passion is in addiction recovery services. I have known many people in my life who have suffered from addictions. I see it, not only in people I know, but also in my community and in society at large. It is something I really wanted to help other people overcome. My experience at City U with the Bachelor of Arts Human Services program has been wonderful. All the professors have been great and I have learned so much in my time at City U.
CU: Please tell us a little about the internship you’re currently in. Have you been able to apply what you’ve learned at CityU directly into your work in the internship?
RW: I have been doing my internship at Sidewalk in Olympia. Sidewalk is an organization in Olympia that helps homeless adults 21 years and older to find housing. Working at Sidewalk has been an amazing experience and it has changed my life in many ways. I have a whole new perspective about several of the serious issues that go on all around us. I have found that many people overlook homelessness or avoid recognizing it exists so it is even more important for programs like Sidewalk to exist. I have learned a lot through the courses I have taken at City U and they definitely have helped me prepare for the internship. However, nothing teaches you like experience does so I was really eager to take on this internship. My courses and my internship have both taught me that you often must dive in to situations and be willing and you will learn as you go.
CU: Do you have any advice for students considering enrolling in the BAHS program?
RW: If you work and have a family, plan out your time as best you can. It is really difficult to go to school full-time and take care of other responsibilities but I believe CityU made it possible. Make sure you take care of yourself because, especially in this field, juggling everything can be stressful at times. Although the internship is difficult, it directly prepares you as if you were working in the field officially. It has been tough at times but is definitely rewarding!
CU: What are your plans after you graduate?
I plan to continue working for the school district for a few more years. I may look for a new position within the district once I have my degree. My long term goal is to work in a drug and alcohol treatment
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