Ambitious student finds her fit in Human Services/Social Work, helps create club dedicated to service
Date Published: January 18, 2018
Brooke White spent much of the past week smiling behind a table in Founders Hall as she sold tickets for the Westmoreland County Community College Human Services/Social Work Club, which she helped to create.
“It is such a rewarding experience, not only because it makes me feel good but because the service that we do positively affects so many people,” White said. The 2015 Hempfield Area High School graduate and Human Services/Social Work major has completed many volunteer hours in the community with the club.
The group was selling tickets for a chance to throw a pie in the face of professors and administrators, a fundraiser that will help the club continue its work.
“We touch on so many different populations such as the homeless, domestic violence victims, the drug epidemic and breast cancer and autism awareness,” White said.
As students and staff members who have seen her in the halls or at that famous table in the lobby know, White’s involvement on campus doesn’t end with the club. She is a member of the Campus Activities Board, serves as a mentor to other students and is a member of both the National Society of Leadership and Success and Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
However, she admits her first year of college was “a little messy.”
“I changed my major twice because nothing seemed to fit. I knew I wanted to help others in a major way,” she said. “When I started taking Human Services/Social Work classes, everything fell into place. I truly enjoyed what I was learning, so my grades improved.”
Upon graduation in May, White plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree as well as become a licensed social worker.
“I would recommend Westmoreland to everyone because it is an amazing school. The classes are small so you can get to know professors and even build relationships with your peers,” White said. White worked with one of her instructors, Stephanie Turin, to create the Human Services/Social Work Club. Turin recently received the college’s 2017-2018 Full-Time Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.
“It is very obvious that she genuinely cares about our education,” White said. “She creates powerful leaders within her students and I admire her for that.”
In December, White had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica through the National Society of Leadership and Success. She spent a week performing community service and experiencing the culture.
“Costa Rica was the most amazing thing I have ever experienced in my life,” White said. She worked in an animal sanctuary, spent a day at a school and painted a house for a family.
“It was amazing to me to see how happy these people are with so little,” White said. “That just proves that the material things in life truly do not matter. What matters is love and human connection.”
Human Services/Social Work is the Program of the Month for January. Learn more HERE.