Clarissa D

I decided to become as student at UW-Fond du Lac in the spring of 2015 when I was going through some rough periods of my life. I chose to move out at seventeen and not go to college right after high school. Instead, I chose to work until I decided what it was that I wanted to do with my life. UW-Fond du Lac was closest to where I lived and worked and the campus and professors were warm and welcoming.

My career goal is to be a correctional treatment specialist at a correctional institution and work in rehabilitating inmates. This includes counseling, studying behavior, referring other forms of treatments, working on release, etc. A life goal of mine is to find happiness in everything I do. 

What led me to the social work field was that ever since I was little I always wanted to help others, so the social work field was a great option for me. What led me to choose prison social work, was my urge to make a difference in the lives of current or former inmates. I believe our world sees people who go to prison as criminals for the rest of their lives. I believe we all make mistakes, and that we are all capable of learning and growing from those mistakes. We all deserve to have another chance to change and to live better lives.

Something that I never expected to happen here at UW-Fond du Lac that did, would be the way I have grown as a person. College has given me a new perspective on not only life and my education, but who I am and aspire to be as a person. There have been a few professors who have really inspired me and have guided me along my journey here at UW-Fond du Lac, and for that I am forever thankful.