After ENC, I went to the Peace Corps in Bulgaria from August 2006-May 2009. I was in the Youth Development Program and worked with a non-profit to write and implement projects for local youth. We sent kids on international youth exchanges, created a summer internship program for local high-schoolers, organized a number of trainings for the local youth, and loads more. I fell in love with the people, the land and the culture, and extended my two year commitment to almost three years.
When I came back to the states, I started at the Brown School of Social Work, part of Washington University in St. Louis, almost immediately in August 2009. I did have advanced standing and a great scholarship. I chose to study under the Children, Youth and Families track and completed my practicum with the Wyman Center. At this agency, I facilitated groups at an after-school program for an inner-city middle school, and helped out at a summer camp.
While in graduate school, I also worked for the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments. There, I facilitated monthly groups for 9-12 year olds with visual impairments and took them on a summer trip to participate in the 2010 Rocky Mountain State Games in Colorado. The summer trip was something like Special Olympics where they were taught how to throw shot-put, javelin, Ju-Do, etc. and competed with other disabled athletes. Many of them won medals and were invited to compete nationally. I particularly enjoyed that trip.
I graduated from the Brown School in December 2010, and began working for Missouri Girls Town in February 2011. I passed the test for my LMSW in June, 2011. I now live in Colorado and I work as a therapist in a residential and day treatment facility for children aged 5-18.